Fund­ing to dou­ble

Rossendale Free Press - - St Annes-on-sea -

ROSSENDALE coun­cil’s ‘neigh­bour­hood fo­rums’ are to be re-named and given ad­di­tional fund­ing for a year.

The cabi­net also voted to dou­ble their £15,000 an­nual fund­ing for one year only with funds from the ‘Liv­ing Well Liv­ing Bet­ter’ bud­get.

They will now be known as ‘com­mu­nity part­ner­ships.’ Each of the four fo­rums, cov­er­ing Bacup, Rawten­stall, Hasling­den and Whit­worth, will have ac­cess to this bud­get and can ap­ply for grants up to £500 for lo­cal projects.

Coun­cil­lors wel­comed the change, which they say will im­prove en­gage­ment be­tween res­i­dents and the coun­cil.

The fo­rums were ini­tially set up in 2014.

They have now be­come in­for­mal meet­ings and coun­cil­lors say the new name will re­flect this.

Coun­cil­lor Andrew Walm­s­ley, port­fo­lio holder for re­sources, said: “I wel­come that we’re look­ing to strengthen the neigh­bour­hood fo­rums.

“I think they play a re­ally im­por­tant part in en­gage­ment with com­mu­ni­ties.”

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