A new police scheme which pumps money taken from criminal assets back into the community could be used in Bournville to make our village safer.
The Community Cash Back scheme, is being promoted by our local Detective Inspector Matt Tite, as part of a government-led initiative to free up criminal assets for the benefit of local communities.
Money recovered from criminal assets can be anything from stolen vehicles to widescreen televisions which have been bought by illegal means. Central government has freed up £4 million worth of criminal assets for community use – but it is up to the people to decide how the money is spent.
Via the Community Cash Back website, residents in Bournville can pitch an idea to the local authority which meets certain criteria for how the money could be spent to better their community. By filling in a form on the site, you can propose a project for Bournville, but it must meet the criteria – such as benefitting a number of neighbourhoods or the whole community. Proposals for the latest intake of projects have now closed, but will open again for the next term – the dates of which will be announced on this site.
Some examples put forward by other districts in Birmingham include a Lozells community bus service, a youth fitness facility in Coseley and a youth outreach project in Washwood Heath. You can vote for which of these project you believe should go ahead on the website here.
Future proposals could involve the continued maitenance and development of this website – as part of an information service to the Bournville community, other ideas could be a local youth forum or crime prevention awareness programme. For more information and to propose a project for the Bournville community, visit the cash back site here.