Have say on how money is spent

PEOPLE are being given a chance to decide where council cash is being spent.

East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) is set to give local people the chance to say how local budgets are spent.

It’s Up 2 U 2012 will give organisations, schools and voluntary and community groups in the area the chance to secure a share of £60,000.

The overall aim is to help people have control over what happens in their area and give them a say on which projects get cash.

The partnership wants to support projects in the area that have the potential to improve lives and increase activities and opportunities on offer to enable change.

Groups were invited to apply for amounts between £300 and £3,000 and 27 were successful.

They will now be invited to attend a community voting event on Saturday where members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite ones.

Anyone aged 10 or over who is living, working or studying in the East Durham Rural Corridor area will be able to vote at the event and all local residents are invited to attend and have a say on which projects they think deserve a share.

The event takes place between 10am and 2pm at the Active Life Centre at Coxhoe.

There will be face painting between 10am and noon, a fire engine will be on hand for toddlers to explore and police dogs Jet and Ben will also be there and there will be the chance to win a premiership football shirt.

For more information telephone 03000 261128 or 03000 261129.