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Enfield Residents' Priority Fund Makes a difference

Published Tuesday, 24 January 2012

More than £114,000 has been agreed in January for community projects through Enfield Council's Residents' Priority Fund.

Nine applications to the £2.1 million community funding scheme were agreed by the Cabinet sub group on Tuesday night (17 January) including a £29,160 bid by the 85th Enfield and Southgate Air Cadets Squadron for a new minibus. The 17 seater minibus will be also be made available to the wider community and will have full disabled access.

The funding takes the total spent on community projects by the fund to approximately £1.6million.

Bids are put forward by residents and members of the community and supported by ward councillors - indicating the strength of community involvement and engagement and support for the projects funded.

Other projects given the thumbs up include the purchase of mountain bikes for two police safer neighbourhood teams and £9,500 for a wide range of activities designed to encourage older people to get online and train them how to access the internet.

A further £2,000 is due to be spent on planting trees in Carterhatch Lane and Southbury Road. The Council also agreed to spend £37,000 on the refurbishment of Boxers Lane playground so children and young people living in the area have the chance to enjoy first rate play facilities in their neighbourhood.

A play, youth and local community project on the Four Hills Estate was awarded £31,000 to encourage use of the estate community centre by families, and hopefully expand the services run from it to include sessions on subjects like healthy eating and training opportunities.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "These are fantastic projects which will provide real benefits to the community and I'm delighted we've been able to fund them.

"The Residents' Priority Fund is an innovative way of giving people in Enfield the opportunity to improve their neighbourhoods by applying for funding for those projects which really make a difference to people's lives. Our residents and communities know best which projects are most effective and we want to work with them and support them so they can make a real difference to people's lives."

People can apply for Residents Priority Fund through their ward councillor.

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