Author Archive for: Dave Briggs
Madeleine van Bekkum was spotted taking some digital photographs at the R4R event by Nick Booth, who insisted that she share them by letting us upload them to flickr and posting here on this blog.
Here they are:
Many thanks to Madeleine for playing along, and not reporting us to the police.
Residents from the Kingstanding Neighbourhood Forum in Birmingham have been taking part in an experiment in how residents might work with public money to solve local problems. A pilot of the Neighbourhood Performance Reward Grant was run in 2007. Kingstanding Neighbourhood Forum used £10,000 and their own efforts as volunteers to improve big rubbish clearance and deal with litter in parts of the neighbourhood.
Bordesley Green Neighbourhood Forum in Birmingham is one of four community groups experiment with new ways to control public money. They are taking part in a pilot called the Neighbourhood Performance Reward Grant or NPRG. In 2007 the Forum received £10,000 from Birmingham City Council to tackle issues of grime and how that relates to crime. They decided to tackle fly tipping, increase recycling from big rubbish collections and deal with a problem with cowboy builder flushing sewage directly into a local stream. If they hit their targets the forum will receive a further £15,000.
Clear up 23 patches of waste ground in Sparkbrook with 23 days of communal effort: that was the deal the Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Forum struck with Birmingham City Council in summer 2007. They are one of four community groups experimenting with new ways to control public money. They are taking part in a pilot called the Neighbourhood Performance Reward Grant or NPRG. In 2007 the Forum received £10,000 from Birmingham City Council to help make the neighbourhood cleaner and safer. In the end the money and volunteers combined tackled 40 sites, among them plots which took weeks of work.
This film shows the cars which use Landor Street as a track at night. It was shot by people from the Washwood Heath Youth and Community Network – who have been working to move this sort of driving off the streets of Hodge Hill in Birmingham. They are taking part in a pilot called the Neighbourhood Performance Reward Grant or NPRG.
This short introductory film was made for a conference in The Hague in January 2008:
Bezuidenhout West is a remarkable cluster of houses right by the city centre in The Hague and overshadowed by the offices of international companies. Residnets have just begun a pilot with the city council to improve the neighbourhood by tackling overgrown sites, messy gardens and as a result discouraging crime.
This short introductory film was made for a conference in The Hague in the last week of January 2008.
The Zeehelden Kwartier is a rapidly changing neighbourhood in The Hague. Here residents and the council have become a pilot to deal with crime and grime – tackling graffiti, finding new ways to reduce the impact of drugs. The “De Groene Eland” residents group is even working to make sure that the right sort of shops come to the neighbourhood.
This short introductory film was made for a conference of residents from The Hague, Birmingham and Glasgow in The Hague in the last week of January 2008.