Have your say on community funding at the Prestwick and villages decision day

 02 September 2016  |  

The ‘Decision Day’ event takes place at Prestwick Academy on Sat 10 September from 11am - 2pm.

The ‘Decision Day’ event takes place at Prestwick Academy on Sat 10 September from 11am - 2pm.

People in Prestwick and the surrounding villages are being encouraged to vote with their feet on how best to spend funding in their local community. The Prestwick Decides event is being held at Prestwick Academy between 11am - 2pm on Saturday 10 September. It's a new way to encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'.

The event offers locals the opportunity to decide how money is spent in their communities. South Ayrshire Council and the Prestwick 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 from Newton North, Heathfield, Monkton, Prestwick, and Symington.

After similar, successful events in Ayr, Girvan, Maybole and Troon the fifth decision day has its primary focus on projects that will benefit peoples' health and wellbeing.

A fund of up to £15,000 is available at the event, with 26 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 £750 for use in local projects. Anyone over the age of 12 is able to vote.

The money was made available from the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council.

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 Prestwick 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 'Decision Day' event takes place at Prestwick Academy on Sat 10 September from 11am - 2pm. Registration is open from 10am - 10.45am. All participants must register to be able to vote.

Special thanks goes to Abercromby Vending, Batleys, TCS Construction Consultants, Lyreco, Richard Healey Removals Ltd, James Frew and Paper Shredding Services Ltd.

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