Ward councillors have been distributing Devolved Budget money to help local projects.
In Hampden Park, Councillors Hearn, Murray and Swansborough gave £200 to Parklands Infant School to provide a sensory garden. The school wants to improve the outdoor areas and enhance the children’s environment. More than £750 was also given for the re-surfacing of flooring in St Mary’s Church Community Hall in Decoy Drive.
In Devonshire ward, Cllrs Bannister, Holt and Wallis paid £900 to replace the men’s urinals at Parade Bowls Club in Royal Parade. The existing urinals are very old and the club wanted to replace them to improve the facilities.
Cllrs Choudhury, Rodohan and Salsbury, who represent Upperton Ward, agreed to fund the boarding of the shops at 6/8 Willingdon Road at a cost of £180. The request was made to improve the appearance of the shops as they have been vacant for some time.
A £2,500 bid was made to Cllrs Mattock, Sabri and Tutt in St Anthony’s ward, for the provision of notice boards and environmental improvements to Seaside Rec. The request was made by the Friends of Seaside Recreation Ground.
Langney ward Cllrs Miah, Shuttleworth and Tester donated £7,000 towards a traffic calming scheme on Sevenoaks Road after appeals were made by local residents and community leaders. The Cllrs also agreed to contribute £500 to Shinewater Funday to help with the cost of an extra stage, health and safety equipment and additional bands and performers.
Hazel Court School also approached the Langney councillors to help towards its new sensory room project. A total of £2,000 was given for the provision of an interactive projection system which will benefit school pupils and external clubs who use the facilities.
Councillors in each ward across the town have £10,000 to share with community causes. If you would like to apply for funding, please contact your local councillor.