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  • The NewNeighbourhoods Programme & Ward Budgets

    Councillor Daniel AstaireCabinet Member for Customer and Community Services

    Westminster City Council

    Your Ward Councillors

    Westminster City Council

    Westminster City Council wants to see:

    Strong communities supported by excellent services

    So we have committed to:

    Strengthening neighbourhoods

    Promoting active communities

    Westminster City Council

    What are Ward Budgets?

    Annual ward budget of 100k per ward

    2 year programme initially

    New money from the One City Fund

    Dedicated resource for councillors to tackle local issues

    Will be used to commission new or additional projects, services or facilities in your ward

    Westminster City Council

    How will Councillors decide how to spend the ward budget?Their own knowledge, personal experience of the ward and contactsExpanded City Survey for ward-level consultation Ward ProfilesMyWard Debates Online feedback

    Westminster City Council

    How can you have your say?

    You can also contact your councillor at any time through:mywestminsterforums@westminster.gov.uk Individual ward email address:bayswater@westminster.gov.ukhydepark@westminster.gov.uklancastergate@westminster.gov.ukwestbourne@westminster.gov.uk

    The 24 hour hotline: 020 7641 3916

    Westminster City Council

    Westminster City Council

    How can you have your say?

    MyWard Debates - Introduction

    Will be held as part of the new MyWestminster Forums

    MyWestminster Forum Bayswater is on 8th May 2008 at Westminster Academy

    Covers the same wards as this forum

    Open to anyone who lives, works or learns in the ward

    Round-table discussion style format

    Westminster City Council

    How can you have your say?

    MyWard Debates - Format

    Councillors will introduce the profile of their ward to highlight potential areas for discussion

    Councillors will lead a discussion on ward priorities

    You will be able to talk about your issues face-to-face with your councillor

    Aim

    For you to highlight your priorities and issues for your Councillors to consider

    Westminster City Council

    FAQ

    When will Ward Councillors make their decisions on spending?

    Proposals can be made throughout the year

    Three main phases June, September, December

    Westminster City Council

    FAQ

    Can wards share budgets?

    Yes - to fund joint projects between two or more wards

    But:

    Each ward must have identified the same issue

    There must clear benefits for the residents in each ward

    Westminster City Council

    FAQ

    Who will monitor spending?

    Public Money = usual safeguards apply

    Signed off by Cabinet Member

    Westminster City Council

    How will it work in practice?

    March 08 Ward profile highlights fear of crime as an area of dissatisfaction for residents in the ward

    Ward profile shows that crime figures are in fact falling in the ward

    May 08Discussion at MyWard Debate reveals that it is a specific area within the ward where residents feel unsafe walking at night time

    Westminster City Council

    May 08

    Ward Councillors discuss various issues taking into account all evidence

    Ward Councillors decide to include Fear of Crime as a Ward Member Priority

    Westminster City Council

    May 08

    Councillors research options for tackling the issue, including:Buy extra time from a City Guardian to patrol the area causing concern

    Collaborate with local police and CivicWatch to run an event providing information on crimes levels and prevention techniques

    Install improved lighting in the area

    Westminster City Council

    June 08

    Ward Members check with council officers what is already planned for the area

    They learn that improved lighting in the area is already planned in the coming year

    Based on this they decide to buy extra hours from a City Guardian to patrol the area at night time only

    Westminster City Council

    June 08

    The proposal is costed and a basic project plan produced

    Ward Members submit proposal to Cabinet Member for sign off

    July 08

    Extra hours are commissioned for a City Guardian to patrol the area at night

    Westminster City Council

    Your Councillors want to know your views

    Come to your:

    MyWestminster Forum Bayswater

    6.30 - 8.30pm on Thursday May 8th 2008

    Westminster Academy, 259-265 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ

    By introducing dedicated funding to address local priorities in all areas of the city as key part of WCCs One City programmeBy introducing dedicated funding to address local priorities in all wardsBy introducing dedicated funding to address local priorities in all wards

    Profile based on performance and levels of satisfaction from surveysNeed to emphasise that to influence councillors decisions this is best timed forum to attend (otherwise later in the year it may be too late)Opportunity to highlight how wards can work together and push people to attend the April MyWestminster Forum

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