Community groups are voted on for a share of council cash

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MORE than 300 votes were cast by people picking their favourite local projects for a share of council funding.

Community groups applied to Fareham Borough Council for a slice of the £17,500 Fareham Park Purse Fund, before locals got to vote for their favourites at a fun day held next to Henry Cort Community College.

Cllr Connie Hockley, in charge of community matters, said: ‘We received some fantastic applications for this funding – and I’m delighted that residents have now chosen which ones they want to see happen. We wanted to give people the ability to decide for themselves what would make a difference to the Fareham Park area. I can’t wait to see these projects come to fruition in the next few months.’

The Fareham Park Purse was funded through the Have your Say grant, made available by Hampshire County Council to allow local communities to have more say on how public money is spent.

Among the winning projects were: £2,500 to Oak Meadow Children’s Centre for two years of outdoor play sessions with play workers in the area directly surrounding the centre; £500 to Fareham North West Community Centre and Henry Cort Community College for a history project bringing older and younger people together to plan a local history story book and £1,500 to Military Mentors for a six week taster session for young people with a military training focus, including fitness and discipline, group work and personal development.