A Charlton residents’ group is to launch an anti-cold calling campaign in its area after getting £740 from Greenwich Council’s ward budget scheme.
The Charlton Central Neighbourhood Watch plans to turn its area – 10 streets between Victoria Way and Charlton Church Lane, south of Charlton station – into a “no cold caller/rogue trader zone”, raising awareness among the 800 households who live in those roads.
“Every household will receive a door sticker to ward off unwelcome callers and signage will be put in the area to promote the campaign and to deter cold caller and rogue traders from operating in the area,” the council document outlining the scheme says.
The Charlton Society has also been given money from the fund – £1,620 to support its events programme. The society says it is hoping to attract more families to events and is “considering events which could increase the range of age within the membership”.
As you may know Greenwich Council launched a ward budget scheme in 2015. It gave each ward £30,000 to spend on projects that would be of benefit to residents.
The original Cabinet report from October 2015 detailing the purpose of the ward budget can be found here.
In Charlton, we wanted local groups and organisations to be able to apply for small grants that would really make a difference to their projects, as well as us as ward councillors identifying areas that we wanted to impact.
We have various ideas as to what that could be spent on, and having looked at the comments on a previous blog post, signage is just one of the ideas that came to the fore. I have recently facilitated a meeting with officers and colleagues to discuss what might be possible so please watch this space. But we would really welcome further ideas as to where this money could be spent. These can be submitted as ideas to your three councillors or as an application from an organisation or group via the form attached here.
We have been advised by officers that in order to ensure that any proposals put forward are processed in the proper manner they need to be submitted by the end of January 2018. So please do get in touch either with direct applications or ideas that you wish to be looked at.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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)
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:
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!
The residents’ group, which covers an area east of Victoria Way and west of Charlton Church Lane, wants to clean up and plant flowers at five locations: the front of Gollogly Terrace; Wellington Mews; the green in front of Wellesley House on Wellington Mews; the junction of Inverine and Fossdene Roads; and an alley at Delafield Road.
It says the project will improve the attractiveness of the local street environment, give residents without a garden the chance to take part, and to “provide an opportunity for people living in Charlton to learn more about gardening, horticulture and plant care”.
Some £500 will be spent on plants, shrubs and equipment while £200 is earmarked for “specialist advice and education services”. The group says it also anticipates spending £140 on hiring St Richard’s Hall for training volunteers and holding residents’ meetings.
CCRA says it carried out similar work some years ago at the junction of Nadine Street and Charlton Church Lane, although that plot is now in need of more attention.
If other councillors do not object to the funding, it will be confirmed at the end of the week.