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Your borough, your budget, your choice

Lambeth residents now have the chance to choose which local projects receive £250,000 of capital funding from the council.

The shortlist for this year’s “Your borough, your budget your choice” project has been drawn up. The scheme gives residents the final say in how £250,000 will be spent in the borough. Community groups and members of the public have put forward ideas for the shortlist, which has been released with three nominations in four categories.

A public vote will decide which of the schemes – chosen from a total of 68 proposals – will win funding. They all had to meet a number of requirements including involving residents, reducing the council’s costs of delivering a service and improving the environment and sustainability of the local area. Voting cards are being delivered with the council newspaper, Lambeth Life, and residents can also vote online at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/yourchoice or by text to 07786 206 955.

A detailed description of each project can also be found at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/yourchoice.

To text vote enter ‘Lambeth’ followed by the band number and letter of the project you are voting for and then your name and postcode or school (if you are under 16 years old). For example text: Lambeth 1a, 2c, 3b, 4c Sarah Smith SW6 6HT.

Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth’s cabinet member for finance and resources said: “This is a great way for people to get involved in local services. Your borough, your budget, your choice puts residents at the centre of the decision making process and gives them a direct say about projects in their area.

“We want as many people as possible to take part and vote for the projects they think most deserve to be funded. Last year’s choices have helped to improve local areas and this year promises to do the same again. It’s easy to vote and you could make a real difference to one of the great projects in the shortlist.”

There are four categories in the scheme, with funding for projects worth £100,000, £75,000, £50,000 and £25,000. Anyone living in the borough can vote, but details must be verifiable through their address, postcode or school. The closing date for votes is 1 December 2010.

Shortlist

Band 1 – £100,000 projects

– Create Railton Road Urban Village Market Garden (next to 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning).
– Launch Brixton Reuse Centre: transforming waste materials to create new products, jobs and training opportunities.
– Transform St Luke’s Chambers (Norwood) into a venue for community-led children’s activities.

Band 2 – £75,000 projects

– Repair facilities at Streatham’s Wellfield Community Centre so it can continue to provide services.
– Create Ruskin Park Community Café (Herne Hill): create a combined office and community centre/cafe in the stable block.
– Introduce sustainable children’s gardens in Clapham and Larkhall, benefiting pupils from five primary schools.

Band 3 – £50,000 projects

– Create a community radio station, recording studio, workshops and roof garden at the White Lion, Streatham.
– Revamp Waterloo Action Centre to provide more for Lambeth’s many communities, including older people.
– Install a canopy, community garden and under five’s play area at Dexter Road adventure playground, Brixton.

Band 4 – £25,000 projects

– Create the Titanic Community Garden at London Nautical School, North Lambeth.
– A minibus for Southside Rehabilitation Association (Norwood) to support work/training for people with mental health issues.
– Install a crow’s nest and climbing tree in Papa’s Park, Brixton.

Last year’s winners were plans for an improved games and sports area on Streatham Common, a children’s wet play area at Norwood and outdoor exercise equipment at Brockwell Park.

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