Beyond the Garden Gate
Is a neighbourhood investment programme that works with the community to prioritise funding in your area.
Whether you want your neighbourhood to be cleaner, more exciting or just a nicer place to live, Beyond the Garden Gate is here to help you make the improvements that are important to you become a reality.
What happens to your ideas?
All your ideas are collected together into “one big idea think tank” for your neighbourhood. We then investigate each idea to see if it will work in your community and find out if other community members agree.
How do we do that?
It’s important that your idea is supported by the community. For example, if you live near a small section of land that could be changed into an allotment then we need to check with the people that live in the area that they like the idea too.
We can then identify support on your behalf by writing to your community and/or holding a community meeting to discuss the idea. In addition you can join our discussion online by clicking the “join in today” button on the home page.
If your idea is popular we ask our experts to find out how much it will cost and how long it will take to make it happen. We also need to be certain that your idea will be looked after once it reaches your community!
What if there are too many good ideas?
If this happens then we will organise a community vote. All members of the community can vote including children and young people. We only ask that all voters live or work within the neighbourhood.
Each voter will be given three traffic light votes, (red, amber and green) to place next to the ideas they like the most or least.You can also vote online, via telephone and by proxy by completing and returning a voting form to us directly or via a family or friend.
What happens once all the votes are in?
All the votes are presented to our ideas panel who then decide which projects receive the green light. An amber light means that our team need to find more resources to help your idea work. A red light means that unfortunately your idea can’t be supported this time.