LB Barnet has released funding for small-scale funding to improve local areas to be run by the Council’s three Area Committees.
The Committees (Chipping Barnet, Finchley & Golders Green and Hendon) will receive £100,000 a year for the four years 2014/15 to 2018/19 to spend on projects and proposals to be brought forward by local residents, organisations, or voluntary or community groups.
In future years, there will be two rounds of funding, with the next set of awards in June 2015.
Under the Council’s old Cabinet system, Area Environment Sub-Committees were limited to discussing environmental matters and had no budget allocated to them. The new Area Committees have a broader remit and a budget allocation of £100,000 to be spent on projects and proposals brought forward by local residents or community groups to meet local need. Money can be spent on one off and capital projects, but not on projects which require on-going spend.
Councillor David Longstaff, Chair of the Community Leadership Committee, said: “Allocating Area Committees a budget to spend on local priorities brought forward by residents is a good way of people having a direct say on issues which affect them.
“The sum of money isn’t large, but it’s flexible and can be spent on projects which residents think would benefit from a one-off grant.”