Warwickshire community forums

Warwickshire community forums


>>NARRATOR: Community Forums are interactive
events enabling residents to find out about the big and small issues affecting their area,
from community safety, to highways issues, to youth facilities or dog fouling. Community Forums are local meetings that offer
a straightforward way for residents to put their views and concerns about local issues
directly to public service providers. Anyone with a question about a local issue can go
along and put it to their local councillors, officers from the county and borough councils,
as well as representatives from Warwickshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams.>>CLLR GRAINGER: The whole point of the Forum
is that we have representatives from all the councils in one place, so if you bring a problem
like this, at least there are people there that should be taking it on board and taking
it back.>>BERNADETTE ALLEN: What we’re here about
today is to listen to people and identify what are the issues and concerns that they
want us to look at for the forthcoming months.>>NARRATOR: Officers from your local Safer
Neighbourhood Team turn up to every Community Forum meeting, to report back on their actions
and ask residents to set their priorities for the next three months, whether it’s addressing
speeding, anti-social behaviour or another community safety issue.>>PAUL LEDDEN: The two community safety priorities
that came out of your last meeting were speeding and the expansion of Neighbourhood Watch.
In relation to the speeding, the main concerns were around three locations in Warwick. We
decided that something visual, obviously, would be useful at the Purser Drive and Shakespeare
Avenue locations. But not just something useful for the speeding issue, but also something
to perhaps promote the Forum and its identity, and perhaps show people that when issues are
raised at the Forum, things actually get done.>>NARRATOR: Residents who attend the meetings
are also able to influence which local groups and projects receive funding from the Forum
Grant Fund.>>CLLR GRAINGER: Can we move on to our first
official part of the programme this evening – the presentation of local projects in
Warwick, mainly around young people.>>WARWICK INTER-GENERATIONAL YOUTH PROJECT:
So we’re here this evening to talk about the Inter-generational Project.>>CLLR GRAINGER: That’s just the feedback
from one of the projects that we have done funding for at the end of last year. And when
anybody goes to the Forum Grant, we do ask them to come back at some point and tell us
what they’re doing with it.>>BIG ON PLAY PROJECT: For Bluebell, we’re
going to get a Revolve and Pod Swing>>BERNADETTE ALLEN: Now what we’ve got is
the Community Forum Grant Fund, a pot of some money that’s come from the county and district
and is available to fund and support projects that support some of the issues that you’ve
identified as part of the priority setting for the Community Forum.>>CLLR GRAINGER: Everybody here has a vote.
If you think that it’s a suitable idea and you think it’s going to benefit the community,
you can vote in favour, or you can vote against it proceeding to get grant funding. Can we
have a show of hands?

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