Have your say at the decision day for community funding in Ayr North

 12 July 2016  |  

The decision day takes place on Saturday 16 July, between 11am and 3pm.

The decision day takes place on Saturday 16 July, between 11am and 3pm.

People from Ayr North are being encouraged to vote with their feet on how best to spend funding in their local community. The 'Ayr North Decides' event is being held at the John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Rd on Saturday 16 July, between 11am and 3pm. It is a new way to encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'.

These types of events offer local people the opportunity to decide how money is spent in their communities. South Ayrshire Council and the Ayr North and Villages Locality Planning Group is asking the public for their help in making the sessions a success by attending and voting on their favourites community groups. After similar, successful events in Maybole and Troon the third decision day has its primary focus on projects that will benefit peoples' health and wellbeing.

A fund of up to £10,000 is available at the event, with 25 community groups pitching to an audience of local people about their proposal and how it will benefit the community. After all the pitches have been heard, the audience will vote to decide which groups should receive funding.  Groups can be funded up to £500 for use in local projects. Anyone over the age of 12 is able to take part in the vote.

Rita Miller, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, said the new approach was proving popular, "We're committed to working with our communities to make life better and this new approach has already proved to be popular.

"Participatory Budgeting gives communities a direct say on what happens in their local areas and these events play a valuable role in helping to make that happen.

"I hope that we see a good turnout for the Ayr North event, with everyone aged 12 and up being given the chance to have a say on which projects they want to see receive community funding."

The money was made available from the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and the Scottish Government. The aim is to ensure that, as far as possible, the money is spent on good causes rather than the costs of organising and promoting decision days.

The 'Decision Day' event takes place at the John Pollock Centre on Sat 16 July between 11am and 3pm. Special thanks goes to James Frew Ltd and Paper Shredding Services Ltd for their support for the day.

For more information call 01292 612 626 or email Marion Young at Marion.Young@south-ayrshire.gov.uk