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Beaconsfield Decides 2019
Residents were given the opportunity to have their say on how £10,000 of local area forum funding would be split between three projects which benefit the local community. Following on from a successful voting campaign and main voting event at Beaconsfield NOW on 11 May 2019, we are pleased to announce the results.
£5,000 - Beaconsfield Drinking Fountain
Beaconsfield Women’s Institute along with 'Plastic Free Beaconsfield' will be installing a drinking water fountain in Beaconsfield. This will provide a source of free drinking water to encourage local people to switch to reusable bottles and reduce use of single-use plastic bottles.
£2,500 - Community Conservation: Chiltern Rangers
Chiltern Rangers is a social enterprise which works with local communities to carry out conservation and wildlife work. Chiltern Rangers provides practical habitat management of local woodlands, grassland, commons, ponds, and streams. They will use the funding to work with Holtspur Bank Nature Reserve to expand their volunteer base by delivering conservation sessions for local residents, schools, and community groups. This will provide skills and experience to all who take part while helping local wildlife.
£2,500 - Skills4Life: Community Youth Ventures
Community Youth Ventures will be delivering the new 'Skills4Life' project. The project will deliver a series of workshops which bring local young people together to learn various skills, helping them to prepare for the future. The workshops will include health and wellbeing, cooking, DIY, gardening and environmental work, sport and fitness, independent living skills, and creativity and the arts.
You can learn more about the Skills4Life project and how to get involved online.
The LAF and Community Engagement & Development team agree to local priorities by working with communities, councillors, services, and partners. For most priorities the LAF will help coordinate and move projects forward.
In recent years the town council worked with the county council and Beaconsfield Society to develop the Town Plan. The Forum has adopted the Town Plan as the basis for setting local priorities.
In 2018, the Forum highlighted social isolation as the key priority to take forward. The Forum created a social isolation sub-group to review the current provision. The group has discussed solutions applied elsewhere to support socially isolated people. The Forum has agreed to fund a project worker until March 2019 for two days a week. They will identify issues relevant to social isolation in Beaconsfield by working with:
- 2 GP surgeries
- community groups
- the CCG
This will help them to draft a detailed plan for the Forum to consider in April or May 2019.
Before 2017, the Forum focused only on addressing parking. This resulted in a range of changes to parking restrictions across Beaconsfield. Parking has not been completely solved.
The parking sub-group will look at more recommendations in late 2018 once they know the options.
How the local priorities are being addressed
The forum has addressed its local priorities by funding relevant projects from its local priorities budget.
The LAF has agreed to allocate funding towards the following projects this year (2018/19):
- Hopper bus
- Dementia bus
- Enjoy Beaconsfield
- Water fountain
- Zebrites - Station Road
- Speed Strips - A40
- Social Isolation Project
Find out more about how the local priorities have been addressed over the last three years in the 2017/18 End of Year Report.
Local Priorities Funding
The Beaconsfield local area has a limited development budget called the Local Priorities Budget. This is used to deliver the agreed local priorities.
The Beaconsfield Local Priorities budget for 2019-20 is £22,100. This has been fully allocated towards local projects.
Please note that proposals for projects to be delivered by Transport for Buckinghamshire are due by 31 August the year before the funding is required.
Find out more about submitting a proposal for Local Priorities Funding.
If you have any questions or queries please contact the LAF team email@example.com.