Parish co-operation could lead to cash boost

PUBLISHED: 13:49 23 May 2012

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Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth could be set to benefit from grants issued as part of the the Parishes Together Fund - but only if they work together or with other neighbours.

Town councils have been invited to apply for money put forward by the district and county authorities – which have pumped the sum of £1.10 per elector into the kitty.

However, all applications must be submitted jointly by two or more parishes.

The funding is available to towns and parishes working together and involving the community to try and solve local issues. The cash could be used for anything from permanent items to events, networks and one-off costs. Each town or parish council involved will be able to apply for up to £1.10 for every person in their parish that was listed on the electoral roll in February.

The fund was launched on Thursday at the jubilee awards evening hosted by East Devon District Council – where application forms and guidance notes were available hot off the press.

EDDC’s part of the funding has come from the new homes bonus, which is paid by the government for every new home built or brought back into use by the authority.

Councillor Ray Bloxham, EDDC member and chair of the new homes bonus panel, said: “In this time of financial need this is an important fund that we have set up jointly with Devon County Council. I would encourage town and parish councils to start talking to their neighbours and others throughout the district and think about how they can make best use of this pot of money.”

Devon County Council leader, John Hart, said: “If we believe in localism, then it is vital we work together in new and different ways to better help our communities to help themselves, and give parishes and towns the power to make decisions as locally as possible.

“Communities know best what they want, and I look forward to seeing how the money is spent over this next year.”

For further details, log on to www.eastdevon.gov.uk/parishestogetherfund

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