Gosport residents can decide how to spend £12,000 in community

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GOSPORT residents have the opportunity to decide which community projects will receive a slice of £12,000.

The YouDecide event, to be held at Thorngate Halls in Bury Road on Friday, November 17 at 12.45pm, will see project leaders pitch ideas to improve the area to members of the public.

The audience will then score the entrants, ranking them in order at the end of the day.

Those with the most points will be the first to lay claim to the amount of cash they have asked for.

It will then continue in order of points scored until the pot of money runs out.

The event is funded by Hampshire County Council’s Have Your Say grant, which aims to put local people in charge of making community decisions.

County councillor Chris Carter said: ‘This is localism for real; people get very emotional.

‘People get the opportunity to choose and we’ve had people in floods of tears before.

‘People have to present their case and then there is a vote, it’s great.’

Earlier this year, the event, run by Gosport’s Community Safety Partnership, saw 14 projects bid for cash, with eight receiving funding.

Successful pitches included Young, Homeless & Hungry who give food and transport vouchers to young homeless people, and Transformer Drug and Alcohol Support Service, a support group who give weekly support to those with drug or alcohol problems.

Cllr Carter is keen to hear what people will come up with this time, even if they are not eventually successful.

‘For me it’s a very worthwhile exercise,’ he said.

‘It’s important to engage with people and see them vote 
on issues important to their locality.

‘All kinds of people can apply and I hope they’re successful.

‘Authorities don’t always know what people need.’

The deadline for submitting an application for the event is Friday, October 19.

Audience members can turn up on the day.