People vote on Norwich community cash

People in Bowthorpe have had their say on where to spend money in their neighbourhood after the third and final of a series of events which have seen �35,000 dished out to communities.

People in Bowthorpe have had their say on where to spend money in their neighbourhood after the third and final of a series of events which have seen �35,000 dished out to communities.

Three Norwich neighbourhoods were invited to have their say on how money should be spent on projects to improve the area they live in through Norwich City Council's Your neighbourhood, your decision.

The money was divided up between the Bowthorpe area, Lakenham and Tuckswood and Thorpe Hamlet and Heartsease.

The final event was held on Saturday and saw �5,000 distributed in Bowthorpe, after groups made their case for a share in Bowthorpe Church Centre.


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Nine options were available for people to vote on and ultimately, five were successful in receiving funding.

They were:

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The Ruin Trust: �2,450 to create a signposted walk around Bowthorpe, with a leaflet showing the route and with historical information on the area. The walk would start and finish at seating to be installed within the Ruin of St Michael and All Angels Church.

New Day / Church Centre: 50 young Christian volunteers will help out for a week in summer with a variety of community tasks free of charge, the coach transport will cost �500.

Bowthorpe Church: �1,000 to run a non-religious older person's holiday at home club for three days this summer. It will bring older people in the area together to take part in activities and enjoy a lunch together in a local venue.

Bowthorpe News: �750 to create a website which contains regularly updated information from the magazine plus a local A-Z of services and useful links to other sites.

Bowthorpe Stagers: �300 for a play featuring singing and dancing performed by Bowthorpe people that explores a variety of the issues that affect young people and their families. This will be shown at a local venue and at Costessey High School and a DVD will be produced of the play.

In total 166 people voted in a variety of ways for the projects, using forms in venues such as Roys and Clover Hill News, online through the city council website and at the event itself.

Linda Blakeway, executive member for neighbourhood development at Norwich City Council, said: 'It was three different days run on different models, but all three have been very successful.

'It's the community deciding on what gets funding in their own communities and that's very important.'

Are you trying to raise money for a community project? Call Evening News reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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