Cllr Sue Hunter is encouraging residents to adopt local verges and amenity area and plant flowers. Grants may be available from the local Ward Committee for bulbs and containers
The Ward committee will be balloting residents shortly on their priorities for using the delegated budget. Among ideas put forward by residents are plans to lop trees and overgrown hedges.
Trustees have now signed a formal lease for the Foxwood Community Centre. It means that the centre will be largely free from Council control but will have to raise most of its income from lettings. It is now run entirely by volunteers.
Meanwhile Sheena has been out and about in the Foxwood area reporting issues for attention
In the Cornlands Road area, while out delivering the latest Focus newsletter, we spotted several issues requiring attention. These included offensive graffiti on the Tithe Close snicket. Issues have been reported using https://www.fixmystreet.com/
Andrew Waller has commenced a survey of the Askham Lane/Grange Lane area
One of the issues being probed is whether residents would like to see kissing gates installed on the accesses to the local parks and open areas. At present there are problems with motorcyclists riding near where children play
Thanks to the work of volunteers aided by the community payback team the garden at the Foxwood Community Centre is now looking amazing.
The next Foxwood Residents Association meeting on Thursday will give those attending a chance to see the work that has been done
Meanwhile the prize winners in the Foxwood Residents Association annual flower basket competition have been announced.
Elsewhere local Westfield Ward Councillors have been out and about reporting issues
Tickets for the Queens Birthday party celebrations on 11th June will be on sale at the Funday event being held tomorrow at the Foxwood Community Centre
The next Westfield Ward Committee meeting has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 at 7.00 pm. The venue will be the Foxwood Community Centre on Cranfield Place.
It will be the first opportunity since last October for local residents to quiz elected representatives and officials on progress being made with ward budget priorities.
Over £50,000 was made available to spend in 2015/16.
The budget for Westfield ward in 2016/2017 is £53,266. Part of this money (£17,180) comes from the highways budget, and has to be spent on improvements such as resurfacing, footpaths, cycle-ways and lighting.
The other part of the budget (£36,086) may be used for community, environmental and social care projects.
Residents have already given a view on priorities for the area with the following changes being proposed:
- Trim back overhanging trees and bushes
- Provide more off street car parking
- Improve communal areas and around traffic islands (weed removal, resurfacing, railings, etc.)
- Improve security (CCTV, target hardening etc.)
- Provide more litter bins
- Provide more “poop scoop” bins
- Subsidise Community Centres
- Subsidise events for elderly people
- Subsidise events for children and teenagers
In some cases the news section hasn’t been updated since last year.
The links to local Residents Associations also reveal that key information – such as the dates that skips will be visiting – has also not been updated.