London Borough of Barnet

£4.5 million borough investment package approved by Cabinet

Published Thursday 21 June 2012

Barnet Council has agreed to a £4.5 million investment strategy aimed at helping the local economy by improving roads and pavements and supporting younger residents not in employment, education or training.

The proposals, part of a service improvement fund created under the current budget, was agreed by Cabinet last night ( 20 June) and will focus on the financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14.

£3.5 million of the fund will be made available for fixing road and pavements across the borough. This is in response to a recent residents’ perception survey which indicated that improving the borough’s roads and pavements was a top concern. This figure is on top of a £3 million capital funding for roads and pavements agreed in January 2012.

The £1 million Barnet Skills, Employment and Enterprise Action Plan,  aimed at supporting 16-24 year old residents who are not in employment education training (Neets), will offer financial support to Barnet businesses which take on a young person as an apprentice or intern.

The plan aims to give unemployed young people their first experience of the world of work. It also supports voluntary organisations which give unemployed young people work experience.

Welcoming the package, Barnet Council Leader Richard Cornelius, said: “Our residents have told us that improving the condition of the borough’s road and pavements is a top priority. The bad weather over the past few winters has damaged our roads and pavements and we need to fix them while we can.

“We are investing in the future of our borough through helping our young people and fixing our roads and pavements.”

A full list of the additional roads being fixed can be viewed here.

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker