Cabinet to discuss strategy for connected communities
At its meeting next week (9 July), Bexley’s Cabinet will discuss the latest draft of a strategy to support and invest in local people and communities.
“Local people across our borough are leading the way in showing us the power of community in shaping the places where we live, as well as the happiness, health and success of the people that live there,” said Councillor Alex Sawyer, Cabinet Member for Communities. “The Connected Communities strategy aims to shine a light on local people, like the dad who set up the toy bank in Bexley Village with his neighbours, the volunteers behind the community fridge network in Belvedere and Bostall Heath and the woman in Falconwood, who rallies her neighbours every year for their annual street party.
“The strategy outlines how we want to celebrate and support people like this. People who share their time, talent and passions to build community spirit. We want to get behind local people and groups that are looking to do something good in their town or neighbourhood - and make it easier for them to do it.”
At its meeting, the Cabinet will discuss a range of proposals to follow through on the vision set out in the strategy. These include the launch of a community grant fund from the surplus raised by the Bexley Community Lottery and a new civic crowdfunding platform.
The strategy also includes ideas for cutting ‘red tape’ to make it easier for people who want to get on and be active in their community.
It also sets out plans to encourage and equip local people to play a greater role in influencing decisions that will impact on their community and in shaping the places where they live.
The strategy has been revised to take on board the learning from a three-month public consultation, during which the Council engaged with hundreds of local people and groups.
Next week’s Cabinet meeting is open to the public or can be watched live online or after the meeting.