I've blogged a few times over the last couple of years about the 'your community your cash' initiative. This was piloted in summer 2011 when I was newly lead councillor for housing and has gone from strength to strength. I'm so proud of what the communities that have taken part in previous years have achieved with the cash. It is being expanded to new areas again this year and it it's a good example of the Labour administration's slogan "Working better with you" in action: funded by tenant's rents, supported by the council and benefiting the community in the way they want working together. The video below is a great introduction to the scheme. It features two of the funded schemes in Whitley ward: the grassroots football club for young men and the play barn run by one of the local churches.
The participating communities this year will be Hexham, Whitley Wood, Coley Park, Dee Park and Southcote
If you have an idea how you or a group of local residents can reduce anti-social behaviour, improve community spirit or improve the general appearance of your neighbourhood get in touch! You can find out more at www.reading.gov.uk/ycyc