Last chance for Gosport residents to vote on community funding

BIDDING WAR Stuart Lovibond, Michaela Toms, Kirsty Cremer, Helen Sammars and Heather Eaves from Motiv8, one of the organisations vying for residents' votes on Saturday
BIDDING WAR Stuart Lovibond, Michaela Toms, Kirsty Cremer, Helen Sammars and Heather Eaves from Motiv8, one of the organisations vying for residents' votes on Saturday
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Gosport residents have one last opportunity to have their say on where community funding goes.

Community groups were invited to bid for a share of £10,000 from the Gosport Community Safety Partnership and it is up to residents to decide who gets the money at a special event at Thorngate Halls on Saturday.

It will be the 10th and final Decision Day, as the funding from Hampshire County Council is being cut.

So the day will also be a celebration of all the projects the scheme has helped over the years.

Sam Mitchell, Community Engagements and Projects Officer at Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘It’s a unique opportunity where the decision-making is in the hands of the general public.

‘All the projects are aiming to improve Gosport in some way so there’s a real community feel to it.

‘By coming along, residents are contributing to improving their town.

‘It would be a great opportunity for people to be involved in the decision-making one last time.’

Fourteen finalists will make a three-minute Dragons’ Den-style pitch to win over the public.

The projects are then given a score between one and 10, with the highest-ranking bids receiving the money they asked for.

Residents need to arrive at Thorngate Halls by midday for the event. They must stay for the duration of the event and late-comers will not be permitted.

Light refreshments will be provided in the interval.

To book a place, email communitysafety@gosport.gov.uk or phone 023 9254 5232.

All attendees will be entered into a free raffle, thanks to generous prizes from local businesses.

n Finalists: 6th Gosport Air Scouts refurbishment (£1,000); Breakthrough Youth Club equipment (£500); Tammy’s One Stop Shop (£1,219); Loud & Proud re-branding (£560); The Bobby Scheme (£2,500); Gosport Marine Futures (£1,000); Moving on Counselling (£1,734); Forton Footie Project (£999.08); Need for Speed & Space at Gosport BMX (£1,080); Gosport SHED expansion (£2,819); Community Safety Sailing Support (£1,255); Gosport FC Soccercise & referee course (£2,900); Motiv8 –Communities in the Mood (£3,500); Square Pegs Round Holes (£1,426).