Croydon Council has provided each local councillor with a budget of £2,000 to spend each year on projects that matter most to the residents of their ward. As Addiscombe has 3 local councillors this means we have £6,000 to allocate before the end of March 2016.
Strict procedures have been put in place to ensure money is spent within the rules. Croydon Council has set out guidance on this and it set out what it can be spent on ” The money can be used to support a wide range of activities such as community clean-up events, a ‘Big Lunch’, a fun day, etc. It can also be used as match funding to lever in funds from elsewhere. Ward boundaries are not a constraint. If your idea cuts across more than one ward, we can consider pooling resources and working on joint projects.”
What type of projects cannot be supported? “We cannot support projects that might be in conflict with statutory functions or in conflict with a Council decision or proposed course of action (e.g. to lobby against a planning application). Nor can it be used to support projects with an ongoing cost implication (e.g. planting scheme that requires future maintenance from the Council).”
One of the first projects we have funded is to provide money to buy fruit trees for Addiscombe Railway Park. Addiscombe Councillors supported the foundation of this Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park in 2011 and so it was fitting that they were the first project we funded.
If you have an idea for a community project please write to us at Addiscombe@croydonlabour.org.uk.