Help shape your neighbourhood
Published: Friday 31st January 14
The council is asking local people how money raised from a charge on developers should be spent.
The Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF) is a charge the council makes mainly on new homes to pay for the infrastructure needed to support the development, such as new schools, safer roads or improvements to parks.
Wandsworth wants to know what local residents think the money should be spent on in their neighbourhood over the next three years.
The WLF is the neighbourhood element of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL is mostly spent on borough-wide, ‘strategic’ projects, but 15 per cent is earmarked for projects which take into account the views of people living in the neighbourhood where new development has been built.
Neighbourhood projects it could be used to fund include:
Improving roads, pavements and parks, including installing safety improvements like new lighting.
New secure cycle parking
Better public transport.
New bus shelters and countdown information.
Building new schools or expanding existing ones
But it cannot be used for projects which require on-going spending.
The amount available will vary between different neighbourhoods depending on the amount of development taking place.
Council leader Ravi Govindia said:
“Wandsworth is going through a boom time, and we want to ensure the WLF money we receive from developers brings significant and tangible benefits to local communities. But we realise that the people who know an area the best are the people that live there, so we want to ensure the neighbourhood element of the WLF is spent on projects local people want.”
The council is consulting local residents, neighbourhood groups and associations, school pupils and students, local businesses and those who work in the local area.
Once the results are in they will be shared with ward councillors, local voluntary and community organisations, council departments, Transport for London and other agencies. They will be invited to help shape proposals that would meet your priorities.
These proposals will then be assessed for cost and feasibility and late this year local people will be asked which of the proposals they would like the WLF to support.
You have until the end of March 2014 to tell us your views.