I have put together a programme of areas where I would like to see the council invest around £55 million next year and £45 million in the following year.
These include major investments in primary school buildings to increase the number of places on offer in city schools, refurbishment of the council’s children’s homes, urgent works on elderly persons' homes and more investment in disabled facilities grants to help disabled people to live in their own homes.
Making our city better
Improving the city centre and making it more accessible to public transport are further key priorities. The programme also includes work to roads, bridges, footways and traffic signals as well as road safety and speed reduction schemes.
I asked councillors to approve my programme at the end of March 2012.
I believe these investments will make a real and significant impact on the lives of many people in our city. Our programme for this year is £40 million less than it was last year, largely due to the government cutting our grant. This means I have had to make some difficult decisions in prioritising investments for the coming year.
However, the programme I am putting forward will meet some immediate and important needs and I believe it will bring real benefits to the city and its people.
The proposals included:
- £14.7m for new primary school places.
- £100,000 a year for a rolling programme of refurbishments in the city council’s children’s homes.
- £462,000 for repair works at elderly person’s homes.
- £3.8m for grants to help elderly and disabled people live in their own homes.
- £3.3m to improve the accessibility of the city, which includes £1.8m to complete the Humberstone Gate East bus improvement scheme.
- £1.04m towards a range of road safety and speed reduction schemes.
- £4.9m to be spent on transport maintenance including improvements to roads, bridges, footways and traffic signals.
- £450,000 to extend Saffron Hill Cemetery before it reaches capacity in the next two to three years.
Need more information?
For full details of the programme, please see the Capital Programme 2012/13 to 2013/14 report.