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People invited to vote on green travel schemes

An X Factor style vote will let people choose which green travel schemes should be given up to £10,000 to improve their neighbourhood.

The vote is part of Surrey County Council’s Travel Smart project which aims to help people get around, boost economic growth and encourage healthier lifestyles.

A shortlist of 11 schemes proposed for the Merstham area has already been drawn up. People will choose which should receive funding during a public vote between 1pm and 5pm, on Saturday January 26, at St Nicholas School, Taynton Drive, Merstham, RH1 3PU. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Those vying for cash are:

* Action 4 Life – £2,688 to improve a community walking scheme
* Age Concern – £6,000 towards its minibus service
* East Surrey Rural Partnership – £3,000 to introduce a minibus service for vulnerable people
* Holistic Harmony CIC – £10,000 to extend its community bicycle project
* Merstham Community Facility Trust – £8,280 to extend its IT drop in and job clubs
* Merstham Football and Social Club – £2,920 to install new cycle racks to encourage bicycle use
* Nailsworth Residents Association – £10,000 to install secure cycle storage to encourage bicycle use
* Raven Housing Trust – £3,000 to providing fitness classes for young people
* Surrey Wildlife Trust – £10,000 to improve and area of woodland for the community
* Time4 – £10,000 for new equipment and to support its activities in helping young people develop skills
* Welcare – £9,053 to support its toy library.

You can find more information on the countywide Travel Smart scheme here and more information about the Merstham schemes here.

Alternatively, check out the video below about a successful Travel Smart event.


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at


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