Children’s Play Facilities in East Devon
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“To empower communities to develop and deliver change in their own neighbourhoods”.
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic decision-making, in which residents become involved in deciding how to allocate part of a public budget.
It allows the residents of an area to participate in allocating part of the local Council’s or other statutory agency's budget. Its aim is to make local government more accountable and transparent and to encourage understanding of its affairs amongst local people. It also creates social inclusion by encouraging involvement from all parts of the community.
This project looks specifically at the money provided for play facilities through section 106 funding. The ethos of East Devon District Council is that it should be for the community to decide what facilities they would like to buy with their money, in particular the young people who are going to be using the play areas.
Consultation works on the premise of asking the children what sort of things they would like to do, rather than listing pieces of equipment they could have. This is so that the children are not constrained by what they have seen. They can ask for something that spins, something to climb, slide down etc and the companies tendering for the work can make their ideas as imaginative as they choose.
This consultation is done by visiting local schools and talking to local families. Once the children have indicated what they would like, the parish/ town council undertakes a tender process, giving prospective bidders a budget and details of what the children have asked for. They then come up with a visual proposal for the residents to consider.
The decision about which design should be chosen is made by the community voting for their favourite option. This usually takes the form of a community event where activities and entertainment is laid on to encourage people to attend.
Participatory Budgeting in the UK
Participatory budgeting directly involves local people in making decisions on the spending and priorities for a defined public budget.
Participatory budgeting directly involves local people in making decisions about the public money being spent in their community.
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