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Pollsters decide where council grant money will go

Counting the votes: County councillor Brian Roberts, Louise Willis (left) and Jackie Wesley

Counting the votes: County councillor Brian Roberts, Louise Willis (left) and Jackie Wesley

More than 2,000 Aylesbury residents have voted to decide how a £17,500 grant will be spent.

The money from the council’s Greater Aylesbury Local Area Forum budget was spilt with the Choose 4 Greater Aylesbury poll which took place during September and October.

The main beneficiaries, each receiving £4,000, were Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, the Healthy Living Centre and Men in Sheds.

Projects to receive £2,000 are Aylesbury Youth Action’s ‘Emerge’ and Bucks Play Association’s multi-sports course while Aylesbury Vineyard, Youth Concern Aylesbury and Bucks Fire and Rescue will each receive £500.

The eight projects support activities and facilities for young people and those with disabilities to reduce social isolation and homelessness.

Ballot boxes in Market Square, shops, the library, pubs, community centres and surgeries were set up for pollsters to vote.

More than 350 students from Mandeville School cast their votes along with pupils from Bearbrook, Stoke Mandeville and William Harding schools.

County councillor Brian Roberts, who chairs the forum, said: “This project demonstrates valuable grass roots decision-making, in which everyone can participate.

“I’m so pleased that our young people have been inspired to take part - the voters of tomorrow, having their say today.”

 

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