Release Date: 24/01/2017
The ever-popular Community Roads Fund is back this spring after Richmond Council committed another £500,000 to pay for the scheme.
Now in its sixth successive year and renamed the Community Nominations Fund, the £500,000 put aside for the scheme means each village will receive £35k for pavement repairs in 2017/18. The funding is in addition to more than £3.7m allocated within the Planned Highway Maintenance Programme, which is the Council’s overall budget for improving pavements and roads each year, Richmond Council’s Cabinet approved the programme last night (19 January).
The Community Nominations Fund generally focuses on smaller ‘fixes’, rather than large full pavement repairs. Fixes could include replacing damaged paving slabs or removing standing water. This year 23 pavements across the borough benefitted from the additional half a million pounds worth of improvements. Earlier in 2016 more than 1,300 residents nominated a local pavement for repair as part of the Council’s Community Nominations Fund. Nominations for the fund open once more on 1 March.
Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Streetscene, Cllr Peter Buckwell, said:
“The Community Nominations Fund allows our residents a say in how we determine our spending priorities. It is tremendously popular and the funding is in addition to the £3.75m we have budgeted for planned road and pavement repairs throughout 2017/18.
“We are a listening Council and we know our residents want to see more done to repair the everyday cracks and minor damages caused to paving slabs. We all know it’s impossible to repair every broken paving stone in the borough – which is why the Community Nominations Fund is so popular and unique to our residents as it allows us to focus attention on what our residents want.”
Updated: 25 January 2017