Monday, 28 February 2011

Residents go for gold in Gildersome

Residents in Gildersome are pitching their ideas for projects on how to improve their local area.

The ‘Go For Gold’ initiative gives residents and community groups the option to pitch their ideas on how to spend £15,000 to improve their local area, with the ideas being judged by residents.

On Saturday 5 March groups will meet at the Greenside Methodist Church to present their ideas to residents in what as known as ‘Decision Day’.

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Media are invited to ‘decision day’, which will be held at Greenside Methodist Church, Town End, Gildersome, LS27 7HF on 10am on Saturday 5 March. Local groups will present their ideas on how they think the money should be spent to improve the local area.
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The £15,000 funding has been provided through Aire Valley Homes, one of the Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) that manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council, and is an outer south area committee project in partnership with the Gildersome Parish Council.

Andrew Feldhaus, chair of the Aire Valley homes board said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to really influence what improvements can be made in their area.

“The projects being presented will cover a wide range of improvements that can be made to Gildersome, and no doubt the chosen projects will make a great deal of difference for local people.”

Councillor Robert Finnigan, chair of the outer south area committee said:
“It is great to see local people coming together to influence what they want to happen in their area.

“Getting local input means the money will be able to spent on things that really mean something to local people.

“I wish all the groups luck when presenting their ideas, and look forward to see which projects are selected.”

On the day all households who attend the event will be given a voting card. When all the projects have been presented a vote will take place to decide which will get the go ahead.

In the lead up to this event consultation has taken place with the residents in Gildersome to find our what ideas they have for improvements to the local area.

The results from the consultation were collected and themes are identified were then put forward for the ‘Go for Gold Project.

Notes to editors:

The following themes were identified for the ‘Gildersome Go For Gold Project’

• Improvements to local facilities
• Activities for the elderly
• Community Safety
• Environmental improvements
• Community Involvements
• Activities for children and young people

Aire Valley Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. They are wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.
Aire Valley Homes Leeds covers the areas of Barwick-in-Elmet, Swarcliffe, Garforth, Micklefield, Kippax, Swillington, Allerton Bywater, Methley, Rothwell, Middleton, Morley, Drighlington, Cottingley, Beeston, and Holbeck.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk