If you are involved with a community group that has a great idea to help deliver environmental improvements locally, you could apply for a share of a new fund launched by the council.
The new Environmental Challenge Fund has been launched as part of Knowsley Better Together, which aims to encourage more informal ‘deals’ between the council and other parties for the good of the borough.
A pot of £300k has been allocated to get projects off the ground – so if you have a great idea for a project that’ll make a real difference to the local area and the people in your community, make sure you get involved.
What is Knowsley Better Together?
Knowsley Better Together was launched in June, and involves the council working in partnership with residents, businesses, partners and the voluntary sector – more than ever before.
Informal ‘deals’ between the council and other parties will be established, outlining what both parties will do to achieve a shared goal.
As part of Knowsley Better Together, the council has allocated £300,000 for community groups to work with their local Councillors to deliver environment improvements in their area – this is called the Environmental Challenge Fund.
Councillors in each of the Council’s 15 wards and across the four townships (Kirkby, Huyton, Halewood, Prescot/Whiston/Cronton) have access to funding that will lead to environmental improvements and positive behavior change in their communities.
Projects are already being delivered as part of Knowsley Better Together
Over the last three months, the council’s elected members have worked with groups to develop proposals for the fund. A number have already been approved and the groups are already making a positive impact in their local communities. These include:
- Page Moss Public Spaces Project for the purchase of trip rails and site cleaning equipment to be used by community groups to clear open land site and detract fly tipping in the area.
- St John’s in Bloom, a partnership initiative between Innovate Volunteering, local shops on Manor Farm Road and local residents, has seen volunteers make hanging baskets, working with local school children at Sylvester School. The baskets are now on display in key locations in and around the St Gabriel’s ward in Huyton. The project is helping to develop community spirit and community pride whilst also brightening up the local area.
- Northwood Community clean up has been allocated funding to contribute towards the purchase of equipment, including skip hire and litter picking equipment, to carry out community clean ups in key locations in the Northwood ward of Kirkby. It is hoped that ‘friends’ group will be also be established to take a lead on keeping key spaces free from environmental crime including litter, graffiti and dog fouling.
- Inspirational Renovation at St Margaret Mary’s Junior School which will see the creation of an inspiring outside space for pupils including an outside classroom, plus a range of different areas including horticultural, eco, science, a beach volleyball space along with a miniature Shakespearian theatre, taking The Globe in London as their inspiration.
Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:
“I’m delighted with the number of enquiries and submissions we’ve received where people want to work with us in order to improve their local area.
“I know that my fellow councillors have received positive feedback about the work going on in their areas, as well as the community spirit that has developed as residents come together to tackle the issues that will have a big impact locally.
“I look forward to further work funded by the Environmental Challenge Fund in Spring and Summer 2018 so I’d encourage residents and community groups to speak to their councillors to see what can be delivered when we all work together and take action in our neighbourhoods.”