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The winning ideas are in! Residents from every neighbourhood in London participated in the City of London’s 2021 Neighbourhood Decision Making program. Londoners cast 10,398 votes to decide what neighbourhood projects will be funded. Votes were cast on Saturday, November 6 online, in-person and over the phone.
“After another successful year, I wish to share a special shoutout to all the Londoners who submitted an idea through Neighbourhood Decision Making. Your innovative thinking, collaboration and dedication have turned these great ideas into amazing neighbourhood improvements,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Now City staff will be working with the winners to bring all these ideas to life.”
A total of $250,000 in funding was available from the City. London was divided into five geographic areas as part of the voting process, and each of these areas will receive up to $50,000 for projects to help make the city’s many great neighbourhoods even better.
“This program is all about inclusive engagement and pride in neighbourhoods, giving the community an opportunity to tell us what matters to them, regardless of their age or lived experience,” says Karen Oldham, manager of neighbourhood development and supports. “We encourage Londoners to start brainstorming ideas with their neighbours to prepare for Neighbourhood Decision Making 2022.”
Here are the winning projects that will be brought to life in neighbourhoods across London:
Earlier this year, Londoners were invited to submit ideas to improve their neighbourhoods from August 16 to September 21. A total of 230 ideas were submitted by residents, neighbourhood associations, student groups. 86 project ideas made it onto the ballot after they were reviewed by City staff. All 18 winning projects will be implemented over the course of the next year.
Neighbourhood Decision Making is a key component in engaging Londoners to have a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods and community as outlined in the City of London’s Strategic Plan.