Local projects reveal the benefits of neighbourhood panels' funds

Over 100 neighbourhood projects across Leeds have been given an investment boost thanks to funding from local Housing Advisory Panels (HAP).

A total of eleven panels have supported 104 different projects to the value of £430k, with projects benefiting from £85 to £30,200.

Leeds City Council provides the funding for local Housing Advisory Panels (HAP) and has recently increased the total funding pot to £1.32million.

Examples of some of the projects that have benefited include:

• Improved bin and recycling facilities in and around various communal areas of high and low rise flats across the city.

• Lots of community projects like Pembroke’s Community Group Activity Club, Chapeltown and Harehills Hope Kids Club and the Ciaran Bingham Trust’s project to promote social inclusion of elderly people.

• Environmental projects like security lighting, communal area enhancements, footpath upgrades, signage improvements and fencing.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:

“I’m delighted we have been able to give this much-needed cash injection of £430k into the neighbourhoods of Leeds, with over a hundred projects initiated in local communities around the city. These represent a wide range of community schemes which will make a real difference to local people and allow local people to lead these projects.”

Ted Wilson, Chair of the HAP Chairs meeting, said:

“All eleven Housing Advisory Panels want to let tenants and communities know that this money from the council is in place, and are really keen to make sure a wide range of projects and activities are funded. The panels are especially important as they are responding to the needs of local communities and the local panels can see the funds they give making a real difference.”

Andrea Edwards, from the Ciaran Bingham Trust, said:

“The funding from my local Housing Advisory Panel is vital to secure the longer term future of our projects helping reduce social isolation for older people across South Leeds. It allows us to introduce new services and increase the frequency of our existing lunch clubs/breakfast cafe to ensure we reach more service users when they need us most, at weekends and bank holidays.”

The Housing Advisory Panels are able to support a range of environmental or community projects that benefit council tenants, and the communities in which they live. Anyone wanting more information about accessing funding help or any council tenants interested in doing more in their community by volunteering to be a panel member should email housingadvisorypanel@leeds.gov.uk, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/hap or phone 0113 378 1340.

Issued by:

Phil Morcom,

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244

Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk