The 'You Decide' campaign is designed to involve local residents in council decision making through participation in their Local Area Partnership (LAP) meetings to discuss and prioritise council spending on services in their area.
Residents taking part in the LAP meetings voted for their preferred options from an array of initiatives ranging from extra policing and services for young people, to parks and cleaner streets.
The initiative is a fantastic example of civic engagement and local democracy with residents coming together to determine the allocation of resources to improve the quality of life for all in their local area. It is commendable indeed that the LMC facilitated such an endeavour. It's a worthy reminder of the role of mosques and Muslim centres in enriching the lives of the communities of which they are a part.
The campaign to enact the Sustainable Communities Bill, which became law in October 2007, was strongly supported by the Local Works coalition and started from just this premise - that local residents know better the needs of their local communities.
The You Decide pilot programme was so successful, Tower Hamlets Council is planning further events in the future.
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