‘People power’ scheme hailed
A scheme allowing Exmouth residents to have a say on how money from developers is spent is being held up as a shining example of ‘people power’ in a new guide.
The participatory budgeting initiative by East Devon District Council (EDDC) gives taxpayers the chance to suggest how Section 106 money – developer cash compensating the community following a new build - is spent and is listed in Localism in Action.
The free 52-page booklet has been penned by 29 professionals trying to make sense of the jargon surrounding the ‘Big Society’ and ‘Localism’ and is packed with case studies, tools, examples and tips including how to create successful community shops, housing planning, recreation grounds and attractive neighbourhoods
Jamie Buckley, EDDC’s engagement and funding officer, who contributed to the guide, said: “It’s been a really exciting project. I’ve learnt that the South West really is leading the way. I hope that Localism in Action will pass some of that learning on.”
Councillor Andrew Moulding, deputy leader of EDDC said: “I’m delighted that… our participatory budgeting project is featured. We believe in letting residents decide how their Section 106 money is spent.”