East Leeds community projects benefit from area committee funding

In another very busy year, a wide range of important community projects have been delivered in outer east Leeds, thanks to funding from the local area committee.

Schemes to have benefited from the outer east area committee’s wellbeing fund include organisations and facilities which support the young and the elderly, along with initiatives tackling key issues in communities such as crime and anti-social behaviour.

Those to benefit this year from funding include a cricket summer camp delivered by Yorkshire CCC in Kippax and Whitkirk (£5,000), a playground expansion in Swillington (£7,000) and improvements to Whinmoor Park (£10,000) and Barley Hill playground improvements (£10,000) in Garforth.

Over £47,700 was provided to fund CCTV in east Leeds, while community focused activities including Older People’s Week (£3,814.59), luncheon club Christmas parties for the elderly (£1,950) and festive lights and switch-on events (£16,955) were also supported as part of 34 projects overall throughout the year.

Councillor Andrea McKenna, chair of the outer east area committee said:

"We have certainly had a very busy and enjoyable 2013 in the outer east area committee, and it has been fantastic to be able to support once again a range of important projects being delivered in our communities.

"This has included providing support to groups and organisations helping and providing activities for our young people and elderly, the Older People’s Week programme and festive light switch-on events.

"The contribution that local residents play in helping us as a committee set out our priorities and aims is absolutely vital, and we would urge any person who is interested in the work the committee do to attend one of our meetings."

Notes to editors:

10 Area committees across the city, play a vital role setting out detailed improvement plans for the areas they represent, and decide through a monitored service level agreement, where both street cleansing and environmental action should be targeted.

The management and budgets of community centres are also undertaken, while funding is also provided to agencies, groups and organisations which support a range of important projects that are being delivered in communities through their wellbeing fund.

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