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Skate park, outdoor gym and basketball court shortlisted for community fund cash

A skate park, an outdoor gym and a basketball court are among the projects that have been shortlisted for cash from Surrey County Council’s community fund.

They are among the 17 bids from community groups that a panel of councillors has recommended should be the first to receive a share of the £750,000 pot of cash.

Other bidders getting the panel’s vote from the first wave of applications include scouts wanting to renovate their premises, a group looking to create an outdoor fitness area and a community aiming to transform disused land into a focal point for their neighbourhood.

Surrey leader David Hodge set up the Community Improvements Fund to support projects that make a difference in local areas.

Nick Skellett, the chairman of the panel, said: “There has been a fantastic response and there were many great examples of how the county council and residents can join together to make Surrey an even better place to live.

“We’ve now decided our recommendations for projects that should be the first to receive money and these will now be passed to David Hodge to consider.

“I’m delighted to say there were many more excellent proposals to improve community life and we’ll look at these and new ones over the coming months with a view to helping more groups enhance the areas where they live.”

Mr Hodge will consider the panel’s recommendations on 24 May. For the list of projects put forward follow this link.

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £50,000. More details about the fund can be found by following this link.

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