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Bids pour in for share of community cash

Scores of community groups have signalled their interest in winning a share of a £500,000 pot of cash to help people improve their local areas.

Surrey County Council received 65 applications for money from the Community Improvements Fund before the latest deadline.

The fund was launched by leader David Hodge three years ago to help residents’ efforts to independently enhance their neighbourhood.

More than 80 projects have already received financial support, including a youth cafe, an outdoor gym and a community shop.

The Surrey leader said: “I started this fund to help people across Surrey get schemes up and running that benefit their local communities.

“It’s a great example of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live.

“Even a small amount of cash can make a big difference in local communities and I’m looking forward to seeing many more groups get projects off the ground that will be of lasting benefit to residents.”

A panel of councillors will now consider the applications, with Mr Hodge due to give the final sign-off in October.

Bids to be considered by the panel: Elmbridge – 5; Epsom & Ewell – 2; Guildford – 5; Mole Valley – 4; Reigate & Banstead – 6; Runnymede – 8; Surrey Heath – 7; Spelthorne – 1; Tandridge – 6; Waverley – 12; Woking – 9.

Full details are not available until the applications have been considered.

Below is a video of Mr Hodge talking about some of the projects that have already been awarded money.



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