City of Lincoln Council’s Executive last night voted to make changes to its Neighbourhood Working service.
This will be done whilst still giving ongoing support to community groups and local volunteers to continue providing neighbourhood services in Lincoln.
The decision comes as a result of a large reduction in government funding, which has forced the council to reduce spending on its services.
The reductions mean that two Neighbourhood Working Teams will be withdrawn which cover the Abbey, Birchwood, Bracebridge, Ermine East, Ermine West, Moorland and St Giles areas of the city.
The decision has been made to use the remaining Neighbourhood Working Team to focus on one area of Lincoln every few years, starting in the Sincil Bank area as part of the Sincil Bank Revitalisation Project.
Once a sustained, positive contribution has been made in Sincil Bank, the team will move on to the other areas of Lincoln.
The seven areas being vacated by Neighbourhood Working will be looked after by neighbourhood boards made up of volunteers from the area, and City of Lincoln Council will provide capacity building support to these groups for one year.
Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the Council said:
“Decisions like these are always made with a very heavy heart and are not taken lightly.
“Had we not been put in a position by the government where our funding has been reduced by almost 90 per cent, then we would continue to provide these types of services without question.
“We will do everything we can to encourage and support the groups who will be taking this forward, and will be regularly monitoring their success and providing guidance wherever we can.”
The council will fund these neighbourhood boards with £1000 in grants and will also offer funding to groups in the third-sector who wish to take on a contract to support these new community boards during their first year.