Four projects given vital funding thanks to public vote

Four projects given vital funding thanks to public vote

Luke Matthews

Four projects given vital funding thanks to public vote

A public vote has chosen four much needed community projects to receive funding as part of the Royal Borough’s neighbourhood budget scheme.

The council put forward 15 projects, which could be voted for by residents online, and four commanded enough votes for the cabinet participatory budget sub committee to award funding at a meeting on Thursday, August 15.

Longridge in Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, will receive £2,000 to revitalise the centre's exterior following winter floods - as will Family Friends, a family support group based in Windsor, to help recruit and train volunteers.

Windsor and Maidenhead Youth Counselling Service has also been granted £2,000 to fund its continued work in the borough, and Alzheimer’s Dementia Support will receive £1,000 for a monthly support group lunch for female carers.

All four projects were also successful in securing an extra £1,000 in match funding, having proved they had worked to raise money through other means.

More than 1,250 votes were cast in the latest round of the programme, which has £37,289 for allocation this year, based on the public’s most popular choices.

Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray), council leader and chairman of the sub committee, said: "The Council has made this money available for projects that, while they don’t necessarily cost a lot of money, have the potential to do a great deal of good.

"We have seen some fantastic schemes supported by public votes and we look forward to many more."

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