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Subject: Council-Community Cooperation

Martin Williams
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Date Posted: 06/18/06 8:06
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The Problem:

Lack of finance for projects that would enhance the environment.

The Social Invention:

There are many instances in most areas where a significant improvement can be made to the environment by tidying up land, planting trees, repainting walls, removing graffitti etc.

Councils are generally pretty cash-strapped because there is considerable pressure to reduce costs / taxe etc. and lots more important things to do like repairing roads education etc. These things often get neglected therefore.

My suggestion is to set up community-run groups who can (a) identify areas where the cost of the improvement can be greatly reduced by local voluntary work, and (b) organise a group of people prepared to give some of their time to do it.

Typically, the council might supply necessary plant and materials and expert help in doing the task, and the local community could do the digging/ dragging/shovelling - work that anyone can do, but requires a lot of people to do it.

There are obvious insurance considerations which the council would have to overcome somehow, and possibly objections from unions. Provided the work is clearly accepted as being 'additional' by the unions, however, I do not believe this to be an insuperable obstacle either.

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