East Leeds: Ready to splash grassroots cash

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A round of spending on grassroots projects in east Leeds has been given the green light.

Expenditure agreed at a recent meeting of Leeds City Council’s outer east community committee includes:

l The allocation of £5,000 for an older people’s event week;

l The provision of a £2,000 communications budget;

l The earmarking of £5,000 for a small grants budget.

A report compiled for the meeting details what it describes as two further funding “commitments”.

Those commitments mean outlays of £33,091 on the monitoring and maintenance of the LeedsWatch CCTV system and £10,000 on the Garforth neighbourhood elders team and its luncheon club work.

The meeting also agreed to underwrite the cost of Christmas lights and associated switch-on celebrations in the outer east area.

“Last year the cost was £23,620,” says the report. “Efforts will be made to reduce these costs by supporting organisers with funding bids and promoting other fundraising activity.”

Minutes from the meeting also show that food banks are due to be launched in Garforth and Allerton Bywater. Another report put together for the meeting says 10 litter bins have been ordered for the council’s Temple Newsam and Garforth & Swillington wards.

The report further says that the outer east area could benefit from the award of a £120,000 grant for a social isolation ‘hub’ in Belle Isle.

And it reveals that a domestic violence action plan has been drafted following a workshop earlier this year that was attended by outer east residents as well as police, public health and housing representatives.

l Leeds City Council’s outer east patch includes the Cross Gates & Whinmoor, Temple Newsam, Kippax & Methley and Garforth & Swillington wards.