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Enfield Council's Residents Priority Fund publishes Annual Report

Published Thursday, 10 January 2013

Enfield Council's Residents Priority Fund has published its Annual Report for 2011/2012 showcasing some of the dreams that have become reality for the borough's communities during the past year.

The fund gives ward councillors a chance to encourage residents to get involved in what happens in their area by bidding for funding to support community projects. Each scheme must demonstrate its positive impact on the area, show how effective it will be and how it will benefit those most in need.

By the end of March 2012 just over £2,000,000 had been allocated to projects, ranging in value from £500 to over £65,000 including one off activities, training courses, sports coaching, mentoring, music training, social activities, play equipment and green gyms.

 Completed projects include:

- Green gyms – State of the art ‘green-gym’ equipment has been installed in Pymmes Park and Broomfield Park, providing free outdoor fitness opportunities for all ages and abilities;

- Salisbury House grounds restoration - The Friends of Bury Lodge Park successfully gained funding to continue the restoration and maintenance of the grounds of Salisbury House. The funding provided new plants, repairs to infrastructure and the purchase of new equipment;

- The DJ Academy – This project uses the mobile ‘Bass Station’ to visit a location, such as a housing estate, once or twice a week, using music and DJ teaching to involve young people, develop skills and promote positive attitudes.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Localism, now Chairman of the Enfield Residents Priority Fund Cabinet Sub-Committee said:  “This scheme is unique in the way that it puts the power to be able to change your local area in the hands of residents working closely with their local ward councillor.

 “Some of the projects which have received funding have made a real difference in the local area to lots of people, and will continue to do so for a long time to come, for example in the case of community spaces and the green gyms.”

Chairman of the Friends of Broomfield Park, Laki Marangos said of the green gym, when it received funding from the Council “It really has been extremely popular, far more than we'd imagined - and we have had a lot of excitement from people in the area.

"All of the comments we have had have been very positive and one woman even said she had cancelled her gym membership because she would use this instead.

"It's great because we've had people of all ages, shapes and sizes, and getting more people in the park using the facilities is one of our long term aims."

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