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FRATTON residents will get their first chance to say how they would like to spend £1m lottery money to improve the community on Monday.

A stall looking for volunteers will be set up at Monday’s May Fair, which takes place in St Mary’s Church in Fratton Road.

Fratton is one of 150 areas across the country set to benefit from £1m over the next 10 years thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

And at this year’s annual church fair the Big Local Trust – who oversee local projects – will be on hand to listen to how people would like to see the money spent.

The trust is also looking for a team of eight to 10 volunteers to plan and carry out consultations.

Celia Smith, manager of the Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, said: ‘For a long time Fratton has been on the wrong side of regeneration work.

‘With this money we want to hear from residents to see how they would like to see it spent.

‘I want the stall on Monday to raise awareness of how people can get involved.’

The May Fair starts at 10am and runs to 4pm.

Entertainment includes pony rides, bouncy castles, funfair rides and Morris dancers.

For more information on the Big Lottery Fund email ideas@frattonbiglocal.org.uk