Monday 17 April 2006 10.35pm
Though diversity might be a good thing, there is a tremendous variation from Community Council to Community Council as to how equivalent decisions are reached and the level of public participation.
At Bermondsey CC the list of projects was circulated only once the decisions were being announced. The whole list of successful and unsuccessful applications was then read verbatim at excruciating length.
I understand that at Rotherhithe CC an indicative vote was taken among those attending the meeting, which the councillors could then take into account when allocating the cash.
I put in a request to the officer in charge of Borough & Bankside CC to get a copy of the list of projects to be funded, because having run a piece when the grant scheme was announced, I thought it was important to follow through and give people a flavour of where the money was actually going.