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People in Chelford village vote on council funds

Cheshire Community Action (CCA) implemented PB in a village in rural Cheshire with the support of the district and unitary councils.

People in Chelford village vote on council funds

Grant winners in Chelford

CCA got people involved in how to spend £500 in Chelford village in Cheshire.  30 local community and voluntary groups applied for the funding for projects in the area. 

On 3rd March over 70 local people turned out to the village hall to hear the shortlisted projects and vote on which ones should receive a share of the pot of money. 

Four projects were funded on the day: a project providing activities for older people to keep fit and healthy, a girls football tournament project, some growing beds in the village and a local village event. 

Following on from the success of the project in Chelford both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils are implementing PB in 2010 with pots of £10,000 and £4,000.  From small beginnings with £500 in Chelford, the amounts local people can control are already starting to increase. The focus of the PB will be on rural community groups and community cohesion.

 

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