A Community Choices process which gives local people the chance to influence how money can be spent on environmental improvements across a number of locations in West Lothian. This will allow communities to put forward project ideas for areas of housing land, for example ideas could range from community gardens and grow your own spaces to improving hedging and open spaces. Initially the focus will be on areas of land around council owned housing areas in Blackburn, Whitburn & Bathgate. Please see maps below, which can be enlarged, showing the relevant areas in orange/red .
The first stage of the process runs from 2 August until 1 November when members of the public will be asked to submit their ideas which can then be considered for allocation of funds from the tenant’s environmental improvement budget by registering/signing in and clicking on create budget investment. Additional information can be found at: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/communitychoices. Projects must be of benefit to the community and the tenants living in that area and cannot include the following:
Projects must NOT:
The programme will follow the Cyclical Maintenance Areas with budgets based on the SEIP allocation for that programme year.
Communities will be supported to determine their priorities, generate proposals and project ideas via the Consul platform. Engagement methods include - attendance at meetings, pop-ups sessions and social media promotion.
The Capital Working Group, including members of the Tenants Panel, will act as a steering group and will work alongside council officers to further develop options into viable projects. Included in this will be Community Councils and Third sector organisations to look at opportunities to widen the scope of the projects/ideas.
Help with participatory budgets
Go to: " https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/communitychoices " | Email us: " WestLothianCommunityChoices@westlothian.gov.uk "