Local Improvement Schemes
The suggested schemes for 2012-13 will be discussed. If you made one of the suggestions on the ballot list, come along to tell people more about it.
4.1 Toby Knight, Neighbourhood Management Officer, gave an update on the progress of local improvement schemes funded from the 2011-2012 ward committee budget.
4.2 Residents were invited to comment on, or speak on behalf of the shortlisted local improvement schemes for 2012-13:
Scheme 2 – A fund for alleygating.
Q £2,000 won’t buy much.
A This fund is matched with funds from other partners, such as the Safer York Partnership.
Scheme 5 – A grant to Safe And Sound Homes.
Q Are they asking each ward for funding?
Scheme 11 – A grant to YSJ Student Union for the community Freecycle event. Funds are for van hire and publicity.
Q Do they collect throughout the city?
A In 3 of the city’s wards. This year, they hope to work with University of York.
Q How do residents find out?
A Big yellow bags with notes will be delivered. It will be published through community groups, the Your Ward newsletter and possibly the radio.
Scheme 10 – A fund to continue the green waste collection.
Q At present there are only 5 collections a year. The bags only have a 10 day lifespan. However, residents who have to have ward-funded collections pay the same rates as those who get standard collections.
A Speak with Toby Knight regarding changes to this scheme. CYC is continuing to roll out its green waste collections across the city.
Scheme 17 – A grant to York Older People’s Assembly. To organise and publicise services locally, such as ‘sloppy slippers’ and toenail cutting.
Scheme 25 – A grant to Age Concern York for their toenail cutting service. Money is to set up sessions in the ward or even do home visits.
Scheme 26 – A grant to Bootham & Clifton Out and About. This is for coach outings, which have proved very popular with residents.
Scheme 15 – A grant to Clifton Partnership. It has organised activities such as the summer fun day, a Halloween event and the cookery contest at the food festival. It will also host a sporting event to tie-in with the Olympics. Many partners are involved.
Scheme 24 – A grant to Street Sport York. It runs climbing tower, skate park and multi-sport sessions in the ward. Average attendance in the ward is 31 young people.
Q Is the gender balance analysed?
A Yes. It varies between wards. Most are about 50:50, but some are a 70:30 female/male ratio. Only one ward is mostly boys.
Scheme 20 – A grant to YSJ Student Union to support the Community Co-ordinators. Their role is to integrate students into the community. They attend ward committee and residents’ association meetings and work with ward partners. They aim to reduce student-caused problems and make them more of a help in the community.
Q Does the Student Union match-fund the scheme?
A It’s not match-funded, but it does provide something.
Scheme 28 – A grant to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. This is to provide an outreach service the same as that which operates in the city centre. Has been trialled in other wards successfully.
Scheme 31 – A grant to support Burton Stone Community Centre’s Family Fun Day. This was a great success and the aim is to repeat and improve upon it in 2012.
Scheme 32 – A grant to Kingswater Dance Group. The group has participants whose ages range from 3-28. It has been running for 17 years and competes in 10 competitions a year.
Q Is there enough money to support all the schemes?
A The 2012-2013 budget is unknown at this time, but the ward committee works on the assumption that it will be similar to the current year’s budget – in the region of £35,000. The ward committee will prioritise the schemes and ensure spending is balanced.