Amer­sham de­cides on its good causes

Share of £10,000 pot

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

VOTES have been cast and Amer­sham has de­cided how to spend £10,000.

More than 1,500 peo­ple in the area have voted to de­cide who gets what in a six way share of £10,000.

The money comes from Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s Amer­sham Lo­cal Area Fo­rum (LAF) lo­cal pri­or­i­ties fund. The money aims to fund grass­roots com­mu­nity groups.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent Amer­sham De­cides poll, res­i­dents’ have voted for their top choices, award­ing two lo­cal projects – Voices and Choices and Chiltern Youth Projects Men­tal Health Train­ing – with £3,000 each.

Martin Phillips, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and public health, who chairs the LAF, said: “We were de­lighted with the re­sponse to this ini­tia­tive and the way in which the com­mu­nity en­gaged with us in de­cid­ing where to spend this money. It is fan­tas­tic that the public is able to choose where these funds are spent.”

Men in Sheds Amer­sham and the PopUp Cin­ema were both awarded £1,500 with a fur­ther £500 each for Chiltern Rangers and Amer­sham Mu­seum’s Mem­ory Boxes projects.

All the projects meet lo­cal pri­or­i­ties in­clud­ing re­duc­ing so­cial iso­la­tion for older and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and ac­tiv­i­ties and sup­port for young peo­ple aged over 11.

This county coun­cil ini­tia­tive en­cour­ages res­i­dents to have a say in how lo­cal bud­gets are spent, with online vot­ing or pa­per votes us­ing the fa­mil­iar black bal­lot boxes at a mar­ket day event, the leisure cen­tre and li­brary, lo­cal shops and pubs in the smaller parishes and com­mu­nity cen­tres.

More than 600 stu­dents from the Amer­sham School and year sixes at Elan­geni and Wood­side

DE­LIGHTED: Martin Phillips, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment schools also took part, which gave many young peo­ple their first taste of democ­racy. Bal­lot forms were also dis­trib­uted in other schools’ book bags.

Vot­ing took place from late May to end of July in the Amer­sham lo­cal area which in­cludes Amer­sham town, Che­nies, Che­sham Bois, Coleshill and Penn parishes.

More in­for­ma­tion about Amer­sham De­cides can be found at www. bu c k s c c . g ov. u k / amer­shamde­cides

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