Friday, 27 February 2009

Three ways to take action

Three ‘take action’ events have been organised in wards across inner north east Leeds to feed back on what is being done to tackle local priorities.

The events are part of an annual cycle of engagement giving local residents the chance to help shape the future of their neighbourhoods. They follow similar events held at the end of last year where residents were asked to identify and rank local priorities.

Organised by the Inner North East Area Committee, the events will also feature a range of activities to entertain residents of all ages including face painting, interactive activities, a book competition and refreshments.

Services involved include extended services, neighbourhood policing teams, recycling, Jobs and Skills, planning, and highways. Local action groups such as Groundwork and Moortown Community Group will also be attending. Residents can find out what these services will be delivering in the coming year and have an opportunity to say what they think and meet local councillors. Information on small grants available to local groups will also be provided by the area management team.

The drop-in style events will take place on the following dates:
• Tuesday 3 March: Moortown ward, Moortown Baptist Church, 4pm to 7pm. To include a workshop about anti-social behaviour.
• Saturday 14 March: Chapel Allerton ward, Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, 12 noon to 2pm. To include workshops on community safety and activities for young people.
• Thursday 19 March: Roundhay ward, Roundhay School, 5.30pm to 8pm. To include a presentation about street lighting from Southern Electric Company, a debate on traffic and road safety on Old Park Road and a workshop around the issue of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Matthew Lobley, chair of the Inner North East Area Committee, said:
“These events will give local people in Moortown, Chapel Allerton and Roundhay wards the chance to hear what is being planned in their areas for the coming year.

“The area committee has an annual budget and the views of our residents are crucial in helping us make the right choices when paying for extra services.

“They are also a really useful way for people to find out more about council services, voice any concerns and give us feedback about local matters.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for neighbourhoods, said:“The area committees across the city are in place to represent the views and opinions of the communities they serve, so it is essential that residents are given the chance to find out what is planned for the coming year.

“These three events will help them do just that, and I hope that local people will take this opportunity to find out about the priorities that have been set as a result of what they have told us in the past.”


Notes to editors:
The Inner North East Area Committee is made up of the councillors elected in Chapel Allerton, Moortown and Roundhay to represent the views of local residents. The area committee has an Area Delivery Plan which details actions that will be carried out to make Inner North East Leeds a better place to live.

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