|[27 OCT 98] COVENTRY
CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Area Coordination Goes
Coventry City Council's Area
Coordination scheme is to be expanded across the city in a bid to deliver better services
to the community.
The move was agreed by councillors at a meeting of
the Community Participation Policy Team on Friday 23 October.
Councillor Lindsley Harvard, Chair of the Policy Team, said:
"This is an initiative we very much welcome. Area
Coordination has proved a huge benefit to the areas of Coventry where it has been
operating. By expanding the scheme we will be able to deliver better and more responsive
Area Coordination was first introduced in Coventry with a
pilot scheme in 1992. This was extended in 1994. It currently covers six areas of the
city: Wood End / Bell Green; Stoke Aldermoor / Willenhall; Canley / Tile Hill; Spon End /
Radford; Hillfields and Foleshill.
Its introduction in those areas was designed to:
- Focus on deprived neighbourhoods to tackle poverty and
- Empower residents through community participation
- Develop local planning in response to local needs
- Co-ordinate work at a local level to achieve seamless
Since its introduction more than 1,000 Coventry residents
have become involved with it, over 300 actions have been successfully completed and more
than £25m of external funding has been secured for work in priority areas.
The extended scheme will continue to address poverty and
encourage regeneration in neighbourhoods experiencing high levels of poverty, while at the
same time support partner agencies in developing and improving their community-based
services in other parts of the city.
David Galliers 01203 831074 or Cllr Lindsley Harvard 01203 675717