Time is running out in the vote to decide how the council will spend £250,000 in the borough, through this year’s “Your borough, your budget, your choice” initiative. The closing date for votes is 1 December 2010.
Twelve projects, put forward by community groups and members of the public, are in the running and residents choose which four will be funded.
Voting began on November 1 2010 and so far more than 2,000 votes have been received.
Voting cards were delivered with the council newspaper, Lambeth Life, in early November. 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 said: “We want to get as many people as possible involved in this unique opportunity. This puts residents at the centre of the decision making process and gives them a direct say about developments in their area.
“It’s easy to vote and you could make a real difference to four 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.
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.