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Bids flood in from groups for community cash

Lyne Village Hall benefited from the Community Improvements Fund

Almost 90 bids have been lodged for a share of a £1 million pot of cash to help people improve their local areas.

Surrey County Council received 88 applications from community groups before the latest deadline for cash.

The fund was launched by Leader David Hodge with the aim of supporting residents’ efforts to independently enhance their neighbourhood.

Surrey Leader David Hodge

Sports clubs, scout groups and arts organisations are among those to request between £10,000 and £50,000 – the most available for a single scheme.

Nearly 30 projects have benefitted since the fund was created in 2011, including a skate park in Puttenham, a youth drop-in centre in Leatherhead, a village hall near Chertsey and a scout hall in Weybridge.

Mr Hodge said: “Once again, we’ve had a flood of applications for projects that improve local areas, make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents independently enhance where they live.

“All the projects that have already won cash are great examples of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live and I’m looking forward to helping even more groups enhance their local areas.”

A panel of councillors will now draw up a shortlist for Mr Hodge to consider. Groups are expected to discover if they have been successful in September.

Applications received by area – Elmbridge 5; Epsom & Ewell 1; Guildford 13; Mole Valley 11; Reigate & Banstead 3; Runnymede 2; Surrey Heath 12; Spelthorne 10; Tandridge 10; Waverley 13; Woking 6; County-wide 2

More information about the fund can be found on the council’s website.

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