Ward budgets come to Charlton: What would you fund with £30,000?

Charlton ward map

A message from Cllr Gary Parker:

Your Charlton Ward councillors are pleased to announce the launch of the Charlton Ward Budget programme for 2016-18.

Your ward councillors will be accepting applications from 3rd May 2016 onwards. In line with the council decision, the decision of the ward councillors regarding any grants awarded is final.

We are trying to fund as many organisations as possible from a budget of £30,000 and we particularly want to encourage small organisations to apply using this application form.

Some background on ward budgets

Greenwich council’s ward budget scheme was announced in October 2015; at the last count 15 applications have been approved so far across the borough, including some funds to improve Hornfair Park’s pet cemetery.

Have you got an idea for a scheme that would benefit Charlton ward? Let us know in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Ward budgets come to Charlton: What would you fund with £30,000?

  1. stephethgeth April 25, 2016 / 08:53

    There were some very good ideas on the previous post. In particular, Charlton Church Lane and Floyd Road need some TLC. Blackheath has also now got Central London style “pillar” street maps, which would work well by the station and in The Village.

    In the recent consultation on the conservation area, Torrance Close was mentioned as taking away from the character of the area, with the council’s proposed solution being to promote “sympathetic development”. This worried me slightly because the council has also only recently rejected a proposal for family homes there. Does this mean it’s more likely to approve such proposals in the future?

    To my mind, what that area behind the Assembly Halls needs the most is resurfacing and tidying up – including that godforsaken car park, which has entry gates the average person would struggle to fit through.

    I have to say I’m sympathetic to the view on the previous post that these are all things the council should be doing anyway. Also, as a leaseholder of the council it does irk me slightly that they’re publicising this, but let their own residential blocks dilapidate, despite receiving not insignificant service charges.

    • Darryl April 25, 2016 / 10:11

      My favourite idea from the previous post was a CAFC mural on the blank wall at the end of Floyd Road facing Sainsbury’s. However, I’d look to the football club to fund a chunk of that, and I’d venture that it’s one to look at once the current owners depart the club.

      Charlton badly needs the TfL Legible London pillars (and fingerpost signs) but these should be funded directly by Greenwich Council or through Section 106 payments from developers rather than these small pots of cash.

      One nice idea that’s happening in Blackheath Westcombe ward is signs explaining the history of the Blackheath Village area – the ward money is part-funding these with together with cash from Lewisham Council.

      • Stephethgeth August 26, 2016 / 19:47

        I use the station every day and have only just noticed the tall map outside.. when did that arrive? I’m obviously never awake enough morning or evening!

  2. Stuart Hopper April 25, 2016 / 11:48

    How about a boulder in Charlton Park? Like the one in Shoreditch Park (for climbing). I’m aware there’s a little climbing wall for the kids but it would be great to have a free public facility for adults… https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=shoreditch%20park%20boulder

    • Paul C April 25, 2016 / 14:47

      Last I heard the Ed Stone was still being stored in Woolwich, I spy a cost-saving opportunity.

  3. Paul C April 25, 2016 / 15:09

    I think this is a really good step from our ward councillors. I’m often one of the first (of many) to moan about lack of engagement, so great to see Charlton leading the way in terms of actually asking residents for ideas. From what I’ve seen there has been none, if any, of this in other wards (I think Cherry Parker asked for ideas via Twitter to be fair).

    Anyway, will be wracking the cubic centimeter of my brain for ideas over coming days. I was going to suggest those fancy information boards and the old-fashioned direction signs but then I realised that Darryl had already mentioned both but using the actual words. Show off.

    I guess who should fund what comes down to who benefits. I like the idea of things that put Charlton on the map (like info/signage) but as Darryl says maybe that’s a cost the council or TfL should bear. Whereas if the ward budgets are for benefit of residents I like Stuarts idea of more facilities in our parks. Will think on.

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