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
- 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.