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Over £21m now approved for community projects

Tower Hamlets Council has now approved over £21m funding since 2017 to pay for local infrastructure improvement works to benefit the community.

A list of schemes, including the Thames Path, youth outreach and public safety programmes, and 34 new projects nominated by the public, were approved by the council’s Cabinet on Wednesday (27 October).

They will receive funding through the third phase of the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund – money paid to the council by developers to help improve areas where development is taking place.

The latest approval allocates £11.6m of funding, including £6m that has been reallocated from LIF phase one.

The Cabinet also approved an additional ring-fenced budget of £5.2m of LIF to supplement other work that is taking place, for example improvements to a parks or environmental improvements, that fall under the LIF priorities put forward by the community.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“Our borough is developing rapidly, and we want to make sure local people feel the benefits through new or improved community facilities. Things like new parks, new health centres, more communal cycle parking, all make a big difference. This money is an investment in our community, and we will make sure it works for residents.”

Every year, the council asks residents to suggest ideas for local projects that could be paid for with LIF monies. The next public consultation will begin on Monday 8 November.

Until now, the LIF programme is consulted on a two-year cycle, with a major consultation in the first year followed by a light-touch call for projects only in the second. The programme has been changed to a three-year consultation process to allow for programmes such as youth outreach and community safety to get money for an additional year to maximise the benefits.

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:

“We’ve changed the approach to consultation because we want to get the best results for our residents. A number of programmes, such as public safety and youth outreach, will be most effective if they have funding for three years instead of two.

“It’s essential that we keep the annual consultation with our residents and I’m very pleased we’re doing that. It means our residents can regularly inform us of local opportunities and we can make sure that funding is allocated and spent as soon as possible. I encourage everyone to take part in the next consultation.”

Details of the upcoming LIF consultation will be available on the Let’s Talk Tower Hamlets website at talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk from Monday 8 November. 
Posted on Thursday 28th October 2021