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Residents handed control of council budget in North Cheam and Worcester Park 19.03.12

Residents in North Cheam and Worcester Park are being handed total control of their local council budget, and will be given the chance to vote for the projects that get the go ahead over the next year.

The area is set to pilot an exciting new way of funding local projects, and will see residents decide how more than £50,000 of council funding is spent.

Each of Sutton's six local committees is given a lump sum to spend throughout the year on projects that benefit their neighbourhood. These schemes can vary from anything from school breakfast clubs to play areas and new park benches to trees or parking spaces.

Local councillors decide, at regular public meetings, which schemes should receive funding. But for the first time, organisations in the Cheam North and Worcester Park local committee area are being encouraged to apply for a share of up to £5,000 of their area's funding.

They will then be invited to present their ideas at a meeting, where fellow residents will be able to vote for the projects they think will most benefit people in their area.

Cllr Adrian Davey, Chair of the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee, said: "Our local committees are a great way to get involved in making decisions that affect your local area, and participatory budgeting will give you even more of a say.

"We hope that we will hear from people and organisations with ideas that will make a difference to the people who live here. It will give the residents of North Cheam and Worcester Park the chance to decide what their council tax funds, and if it's successful it could be rolled out across Sutton.

"So if you've got an idea that you want to get off the ground, get in touch and find out more."

Find out more about the application criteria how to apply for funding by emailing bill.reed@sutton.gov.uk. The deadline for applications is 5 April and residents will be invited to vote for their favourite schemes on 5 May.

pdf icon North Cheam and Worcester Park Application Form [1Mb]

word icon Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee – 230212 Report of the Executive Head, Policy and Customer Services [22kb]

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2012

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