The Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Partnership (NP3)
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STOP PRESS – BCC BUDGET CUT PROPOSALS
Bristol City Council has been consulting the public and its partners on proposed savings to help it close a £92m budget gap over the coming five years. This consultation closed on 5 January.
On 12 January the council published updated proposals which include unchanged, changed and brand new savings proposals.
The full proposals can be seen at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/coprstrategy
These proposals will be considered by Cabinet on 24 January – before the elected Mayor’s recommendation to Full Council on 21 February.
If approved, the proposals will have a significant impact on Neighbourhood Partnerships across the City, including the Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Neighbourhood Partnership.
The proposals state:
“We recognise the value of engaging with communities on issues that affect them but believe there are more efficient ways to do this than the current Neighbourhood Partnership structure. We will work with councillors and communities to change the focus and scope of this in the future by looking at what individual communities need.”
The proposed savings are £500k in 2017/18 and £562k in 2018/19. In effect this means that there will be no further funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships after April 2018.
In addition the proposals are for a £100k reduction in the Wellbeing Grant available across the City, this is approximately 30% – we don’t yet know how much of the remaining pot (if any) will be allocated to our NP. It is also proposed that the £350k allocated across the City for Minor Traffic Schemes will be withdrawn. Together, these two proposals effectively remove the vast majority of the budget available to Neighbourhood Partnerships.
There will be further consultation on the details of these proposals, starting in February.
Neighbourhood Partnership members have been aware for some time that significant cuts are likely and they will now consider whether it is possible to form a new organisation to continue to carry out some of the tasks currently undertaken by the Partnership and the community groups that do such good work in our area.
Next Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting:
When: Monday 6 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00
Where: Sea Mills Library, Sylvan Way, BS9 2NA
The Agenda and supporting Papers will be available via “Calendar of Meetings” on the Council’s website approximately 2 weeks before the Meeting.
The Agenda and Minutes from previous Meetings can be accessed via this link to the Council’s website.
The NP also has its own Facebook page.
The Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Partnership (NP3) was launched in November 2008. Bringing together local councillors, neighbourhood police teams, community groups and local residents to shape services such as street cleaning, park maintenance, local recycling schemes, minor traffic schemes, highway maintenance and community safety, health and well-being for the whole community and more community cohesion and responsibility.
Local Community Grants
( “Well Being Fund”)
Small Local Community Grants are available to deliver projects in Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury on Trym. Community and/or voluntary organisations can apply for a Grant from our Neighbourhood Partnership’s Well Being Fund. We are looking for projects that will deliver against the following priorities:
Communications and community engagement
Open space maintenance and the environment
Provision for the Young
Provision for the Elderly
Traffic and Transport
How to get your Grant:
To apply for funding, please read the Grants Guidance Notes and complete the Application Form available on the Council’s website. Please make sure that you check the eligibility criteria in the Guidance Notes.
If you, or the organisation that will be taking the payment on your behalf, has not been paid by Bristol City Council before, you need to complete the Grants New Supplier form (available through the above link). Enter your organisation’s name as the Supplier Name and ensure that you enter the bank details for the organisation.
Quarterly deadlines for all applications are given on pages 11-13 of the Guidance Notes.
NOTE: All Well Being Grants are currently suspended (See note on the Council’s website)
For more information please contact: Andrew McGrath, Area Coordinator, 0117 9036436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Management Service, Bristol City Council, St Anne’s House, St Anne’s Road Bristol BS4 4AB