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EAST DEVON: Parishes net £155k

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Community projects around the district will benefit from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council money after parish and town councils successfully bid for an impressive £155,558.
The district and county councils worked together to put the sum of £1.10 per elector into a ‘Parishes Together Fund’ grants scheme that town and parish councils can apply for.
Funding was available to town and parish councils working together and involving the community to help solve local issues.
All applications had to be submitted jointly from two or more parishes.
The money could be used for anything from permanent items to events, networks and one-off costs. To find out more, visit www. togethe rfund
EDDC’s part of the funding has come from the New Homes Bonus, which is paid by the Government to the district council for every new home built or brought back into use. DCC’s part of the funding has come from its main budgets.
Councillor Ray Bloxham, EDDC Member and chairman of the New Homes Bonus Panel which made the decision on the applications, said: “In this time of financial need this is an important fund that we have set up jointly with Devon County Council.
“It gives us the opportunity to start local projects and support initiatives that the community want.
“The EDDC councillors who make the decisions are from several political allegiances and we all work together to consider the applications and make the decisions.
“I was very impressed with the high standard of the projects that had come forward as a result of towns and parishes working together for the benefit of their communities”.
Councillor John Hart, leader of Devon County Council, said: “Devon County Council is continuing to make money available to communities to use how they see best.
“This money is available to parish and town councils to spend in ways that will benefit their communities.
“I firmly believe decisions should be made as locally as possible to encourage local accountability and I have always advocated more partnership with our district, town and parish colleagues.
“If we believe in the ‘resilience’ of our smaller communities, then this is one way of pump-priming activity.”

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