Friday, 23 January 2009

How to spend public money? UDecide

This is taken from a newsletter delivered in Queensway and Whitegate wards of Caia Park


The two new Plaid Cymru councillors in Caia Park have launched a pilot scheme in their wards that will see the people decide how council money is spent.
Every year, councillors are given a relatively small pot of money to spend on environmental improvements on council estates - it could be spent on creating off-street parking, planting trees or bulbs or gating alleyways.
In short anything that benefits the tenants of this area (because the money is coming from the money collected from tenants'
rents).
In a break with past practice, Carrie Harper in Queensway and Marc Jones in Whitegate are opening up these funds and
inviting groups of tenants to come up with ideas and suggestions to improve their estates.
There will be a pot of £15,000 for each ward to be used for these improvements.
If this pilot is successful, we would like to see more council money allocated this way by involving the community fully
in the decision-making processes.
Wrexham council is often seen as too remote from the people and we want to change that so that the people take ownership of their estates, their council and their money.
If you're a tenant and you've got some bright ideas to make your area a better place - get in touch by e-mailing plaidwrecsam@gmail.com.

6 comments:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Need to open up the Housing Revenue Account to show that Environmental Improvement Schemes have been done in areas where there are no social housing...raiding the HRA account to fund things that are not related to social housing is wrong and that is why we will never get to the Welsh Quality Housing Standard.

Anonymous said...

I hope that these schemes benefit housing tenants as intended!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this a breach with the scrutiny proposals going to council next week?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the two members would care to share their proposals with the Housing Scrutiny Committee!?

Plaid Queensway said...

Is this in breach of proposals going to the housing scrutiny committee next week!? Strange, as a member of the committee I have not recieved the agenda yet, maybe you would like to enlighten us?

Plaid Whitegate said...

Our Anonymous friend is very well informed, but not enough to know that Fred C has approved this scheme.