20 September 2012
Council announced this week that it was "suspending" the Neighbourhood
Funding programme which grants funding to community organisations.
The move follows the revelation that the Council has a £17million black
hole in its finances for this year.
years, local groups and organisations have won funding from the
Neighbourhood Fund, including New Ferry Butterfly Park and New Ferry
Residents Association. Both organisations had submitted bids for
this year's round of funding: the Butterfly Park wanted to extend the
Comma Project whilst NeFRA were seeking funding to tidy up the cliffs at
Shorefields and build new footpaths along the top of the cliffs
overlooking the river.
As a result
of the withdrawal of the funding, both projects have been placed in
problem which has left community groups seething is that in the
Bromborough and Eastham ward, differences of opinion which arose when
the community were allowed to "vote" on which projects should be funded
in October 2011 resulted in money not being allocated and many of the
2011 bids being rejected. The system itself was to blame, with the
three communities of New Ferry, Eastham and Bromborough voting against
each others' projects in the hope that their own would be successful.
As a result,
some £40,000 of money went unspent and was rolled over to the current
year. At present, it is not clear whether this "rollover" will be
still available. However, community groups are insistent that it
should be, as it is THEIR money from last year.
Executive of Wirral Council, Graham Burgess has been asked to clarify
the situation, but as yet a formal response is awaited.