Greenwich borough’s Ward Budget programme makes £30,000 available to each ward, with schemes proposed by the community and selected for funding by local councillors. With – we estimate – only 5 months of the programme left to run (we understand it will conclude 6 months before the May 2018 council elections), we’ve taken a look at what’s been funded so far.
Key figures for Charlton ward:
- 8 projects have been approved so far (including one joint scheme to fund the Greenwich Foodbank Van) out of 70 confirmed across the borough.
- Only 22% of Charlton’s budget had been allocated at the time the report was published (there’s a surprisingly wide variation between wards on this: Kidbrooke and Hornfair have allocated 89% of their budget; Thamesmead Moorings less than 5%).
Here are the projects funded so far (click project names for more detail on the council website):
|CCRA Community Green Spaces Project||£985||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £985 to support the improvement of land (through planting) on the street environment in Central Charlton.|
|Charlton Toy Library||£1,472||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £1,472 to fund the purchase of baby and child safety equipment, pre-school toys and books for the Charlton Toy Library loan scheme, arts and crafts materials, an A-board sign along with leaflets and information packs to promote the service.|
|The Big Red Bus Club||£950||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £950 for the provision of specialist play equipment for the Big Red Bus Club, Stay and Play service for disabled children in Charlton.|
|Thorntree School – Community Garden||£500||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £500 for the provision of gardening equipment, plants and shrubs to renovate a piece of land next to Thorntree Primary school as a community garden for the school children to plant and maintain.|
|Charlton Community Day||£750||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £750 towards the costs of running a community day in Charlton Park on 23rd July 2016. The event will be run and managed by Global Fusion Music & Arts. The ward budget contribution will cover the cost of the sound system and volunteer expenses.|
|Greenwich Foodbank Van||£428*||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £6,000 towards the purchase of a van by Greenwich Foodbank to facilitate the efficient transport of food around the Borough to be funded from the Ward Budget Scheme as proposed by the members of fourteen Wards.
(*Charlton Champion’s estimate based on equal division of cost across 14 wards)
|Charlton Hope Sale||£1,500||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £1,500 to support the Charlton Hope Sale, an outreach group that provides support to local people in need.|
|Valley Hill Hub – Air Pollution Monitors||£120||Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £120 to enable the Valley Hill Hub to purchase and install ten air pollution monitors in the Charlton area and to publish a report on the findings to local interest groups and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.|
Other funded schemes in wards adjacent to Charlton include:
- £500 for the winter night shelter at St. Thomas’ church
- £469 for improvements to Hornfair Park’s pet cemetery
- £3,600 for the Charlton Manor/Long Lane community garden.
Searching for ‘Ward Budgets’ in the Decisions section of Greenwich council’s website will bring up details of other funded projects.
Ward Budget spend by ward:
|Ward||Total Approved Amount||Remaining Ward Budget||Percentage Spent|
|Middle Park and Sutcliffe||£3,400.00||£26,600||11.3|
|Coldharbour New Eltham||£9,950.00||£20,050||33.2|
|Kidbrooke and Hornfair||£26,658.97||£3,341.03||88.9|
Many thanks to Cllr Spencer Drury of Eltham North for highlighting on his website the Greenwich council report detailing Ward Budget spending to date and crunching the percentage figures above.
So, with over £20k available to spend in Charlton ward, what you like to see the money spent on? Better Christmas lights for the Village? Improvements to parks? A contribution to the Blackheath fireworks? Community events? Let us know in the comments below – the clock’s ticking!