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Community shop, outdoor gym and BMX park in running to win community fund cash

A community shop, an outdoor gym and a BMX and skate park are among the projects in the running to win cash from Surrey County Council.

Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge

They feature on a shortlist of 12 bids that a panel of councillors has recommended to receive money from the  Community Improvements Fund which was launched by Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge.

Other projects winning the panel’s approval include scouts wanting to build a new hut and a group looking to extend a community centre.

The cash initiative, which spearheads the council’s Love Where You Live campaign, was created to support projects that make a difference in local areas and 17 schemes have already benefited.

Previously Strood Green Shop Association won £50,000 for its shop and cafe set up and run by the community and First Weybridge Scout Group received £21,280 to help renovate its hall.

Nick Skellett, chairman of the panel of councillors, said: “Once again, the fantastic response we’ve had serves to underline the incredible community spirit in Surrey.

“There were many examples of how residents and the county council can join together to make Surrey an even better place to live, which made choosing the shortlist a tough task.

“I’m pleased to say there were many more excellent proposals to independently enhance local neighbourhoods and we’ll look at these and new ones in the future.”

The panel’s recommendations, which can be found here, will now be passed to Mr Hodge to consider on 28 November.

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