Residents have only until the end of April to suggest uses for this years Westfield Ward Committee delegated budget.
Meanwhile progress on schemes agreed for 2016/17 has been disappointing with the Council web site recording only 14% of the budget having been spent by the end of the year. We understand that the funding – which was heavily oversubscribed – will be carried forward into the current financial year.
Among the schemes authorised but not yet implemented are:
- Painting and refurbishment of street furniture, signs, railings, cycle barriers etc
- Improved parking arrangements including matrix protection of verges
- Selective road and path resurfacing
- Additional flower tubs
- Trimming overgrown bushes, vegetation and trees
- Deep cleaning of shopping areas
- Provision of goalposts on Foxwood park
- Organised children’s activities in the summer at the Hob Moor all weather play area
During this year estate improvement funds – paid for by Council tenants – are being merged with the Ward Committee budget to allow for additional work to be commissioned.
This change appears to have contributed to the popular monthly skip visits being suspended. We hope that they will be reinstated quickly before fly tipping becomes even more of a problem in the area.
Residents will expect to see progress made quickly to catch up with the backlog of work.