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Travel SMART green community funding returns

A Surrey County Council funding auction that gives thousands of pounds to community groups for green travel is back for its second year.

Last year, 64 local groups in Redhill, Guildford and Woking bid for a share of £446,000 from Travel SMART, which supports and promotes projects aimed at improving travel and stimulating economic growth. The projects all aim to make sustainable travel easier and more available to boost access to local jobs and employment skills.

As before, this year’s events will see local groups pitching their ideas to a panel of local people, who then vote electronically. Smaller winning bids get up to £3,000, while larger successful projects get up to £10,000 in Redhill and £15,000 in Woking and Guildford.

At tomorrow’s launch event, eight projects are bidding for a share of £115,000 in Westborough. As there is enough money to fund them all, the projects must achieve an average of five or above in the electronic voting system to get funding.

Details of the events are as follows:

  • Westborough – Saturday 28 September at Park Barn Centre, Guildford, GU2 8EN
  • Sheerwater and Maybury – Saturday 12 October at St Michael’s Church, Woking, GU21 5PJ
  • Merstham – Saturday 26 October at St Nicholas School, RH1 3PU
  • Stoke and Stoughton – Saturday 9 November (location to be confirmed)
  • Redhill West – Saturday 1st Feb 2014 (location to be confirmed)

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Travel SMART has money available for projects that help people get around and boost economic growth. That could include setting up community car clubs, cycle training schemes or improving a subway.

“This isn’t simply limited to improvements to transport. Other ideas like job clubs and volunteering schemes have focused on bringing employment services into communities to reduce the need to travel to access them.

“Local people are best placed to make decisions affecting their lives, and we’re putting power into their hands so they can change their communities for the better. Our aim is to put Surrey residents at the heart of decision making and truly harness the power of localism.”

This short film about the last round of funding events explains how they work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZlkp7hmh90.

To find out more, visit http://www.travelsmartsurrey.info/vote or call 03456 009 009.

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Notes to editors

Community projects in Redhill West, Merstham, Woking’s Sheerwater and Maybury and the Westborough, Stoke and Stoughton wards of Guildford won a share of a funding pot of £446,000 in 2012.

Media requiring further information can contact Quinton Drawbridge on 0208 541 9454.

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