Bewdley Town Council
Council bosses urge communities to apply for Localism grants
Bewdley Town Council
COUNCIL bosses are encouraging more community organisations to get involved in running local services in their area.
For the last four years Wyre Forest District Council has encouraged parish and town councils and other local groups to work in partnership as part of its "Localsim agenda".
Localism gives local groups the opportunity to take control of the day to day management of services - with greater freedom to enhance and adapt them to best suit local needs - while delivering efficiencies for the district.
Wyre Forest District Council is actively encouraging applications - but they must be submitted before the deadline of January 31.
In January 2016, Bewdley Town Council took over the responsibility for maintaining the public toilets in Load Street. Under the five-year agreement, the district council retains ownership of the blocks but pays the town council a grant towards the cost of managing them.
Bewdley Town Clerk, Nick Farress, said: "This arrangement has been very successful.It enables the town council to manage the facility in the best interests of the town, allowing us to respond quickly to local demands and vary the opening times depending on the time of year.
Councillor Marcus Hart, district council leader, added: "I am delighted that the arrangement has proved so successful.It underlines the benefits of giving communities greater control of local services to meet the specific needs of residents and visitors while delivering efficiencies for the district council.
We are keen to do more with other local organisations across the district and would welcome exploring any new ideas local communities may have."
For more information about Localism in Wyre Forest, visit wyreforestdc.gov.uk/localism.
Applications may be submitted at any time before January 31, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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