Tenants in West Lancashire Borough Council who have got ideas which will improve the environment in their area can apply for funding to assist with their schemes. The Council’s Environmental Improvement Budget is a fund of money which is intended for projects which are proposed by people who are living in Council accommodation which can help to improve their surroundings.
Successful bids have already been made by a number of tenants and some great projects delivered. Ashurst, Birch Green, Digmoor, Little Digmoor, Tanhouse and Up Holland have seen overgrown and unsightly shrub beds replanted with new shrubs and bulbs. There has been an owl carving from a tree stump which has enhanced an area of Claybrow, while new fencing has been installed at bungalows in Holland Moor and Ormskirk. There have been sheltered housing schemes in Burscough and Tarleton which have benefitted with increased parking spaces under the scheme.
This initiative has received support from the Council over recent years, and the Council have increased the amount of money to invest this year to £54,000. The time is now for communities to come together and make their bids for improvements in their neighbourhoods.
The portfolio holder for Landlord Services, Councillor Val Hopley, said ‘We are looking for bright ideas that will make a difference and help transform communal areas. This will help make our neighbourhoods better places for tenants and everyone else who goes through those areas.’
The types of project that would be considered for funding include:
- Re-planting existing shrub beds or creating new shrub beds
- Installing fencing to protect shrub beds and grassed areas
- Removing overgrown shrubs and trees that interfere with traffic site lines
- Soft landscaping to paved squares
- Funding partnership ‘clean up days’
- Improving play areas environmentally