Could go a long way to im­prov­ing the ar­eas

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Emma Mor­rice

The Fairer Aberdeen Fund’s par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing scheme is invit­ing groups in the Ge­orge Street, Castle­hill and Pit­to­drie, and city cen­tre ar­eas to bid for be­tween £5 and £5,000 to put their ideas into ac­tion.

The money for the scheme is al­lo­cated by Aberdeen City Coun­cil, with £25,000 avail­able.

Coun­cil­lor for the area Michael Hutchi­son said: “These are among the ar­eas with the high­est rates of child poverty in the city and there are is­sues with work­ing poverty and hous­ing costs too.

“This fund­ing could go a long way to im­prov­ing the ar­eas and I hope peo­ple won’t hes­i­tate to put their ideas for­ward.

“Re­gard­less of how­ever much they want to ap­ply for and how­ever long they’ve lived here, any­one can sub­mit a bid to this and I would en­cour­age them to do so.”

Last year, 12 projects across Froghall, Powis and Sun­ny­bank were suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing money. Powis Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was awarded cash for its com­mu­nity cafe, games room and dec­o­rat­ing.

Ann Pirie, who runs the com­mu­nity cafe, said: “We painted our en­tire base­ment, and got four TVS, four games con­soles, bean­bags and shelves for our games room. “We’re hon­estly so ap­pre­cia­tive of the money we got and it helped get things up and run­ning quicker than we ex­pected.”

Fund­ing also went to­wards gym equip­ment and go-karts at Sun­ny­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, an out­door ping pong ta­ble in Powis and a com­mu­nity gar­den in Froghall.

Anne Knight, Fairer Aberdeen Fund de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said: “We have an un­der­spend, and we de­cided that the com­mu­ni­ties we’d pick this year are Ge­orge Street, city cen­tre and Castle­hill and Pit­to­drie.

“A lot of them are re­gen­er­a­tion ar­eas, they’re ge­o­graph­i­cally not that far apart so they have a lot

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