As a council, it’s our job to maintain 626 miles of road, 743 miles of paths and pavements, 132 miles of cycle ways, more than 20,000 street lights, 400 acres of parks and green spaces and around 15 million trees.
At a time when budgets are limited we have to focus our efforts carefully and creatively to ensure that the work we do has the greatest impact.
One way that we do this is to listen to the concerns raised by local people, as this helps us make informed choices about where money needs to be invested.
This approach to investment was formally launched in February 2014 under the title Pride in Your Community. Pride in Your Community was initially a two year improvement programme that saw £13.6m invested in our roads, streets, parks and green spaces.
We developed new ways for people to report repairs that needed doing in their areas and encouraged them to tell us about their concerns.
We set up ways for people to get actively involved in improving their neighbourhoods through volunteering and launched a £1.26m Community Pride Fund which offered grants to groups for local community projects.
We also joined with parish councils to set up Parish Environmental Teams (PETs) to provide extra help and resources to deal with issues locally.
Pride in Your Community continues today as ‘Pride in Our Community – Creating a better borough’. Over the next three years we will be investing £45m on maintaining and improving our roads, footpaths, street lights, parks and green spaces, as well as funding community projects and initiatives to boost local high streets.
Pride in Our Community is about working with local people to create a better borough for everyone. Well maintained roads and paths, clean streets and cared for parks and green spaces are the lifeblood for communities. Working together we can create a better borough for current and future generations.
Pride in Our Community focuses on six key aims:
- maintaining and improving roads
- maintaining and improving paths
- upgrading street lighting
- investing in major projects
- enhancing our local environments
- accessing grant funding for community projects