Have your say on local funding

Monday January 16th 2017

Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

Midlothian Community Planning Partnership is inviting residents to join their local Steering Group in January 2017 to help discuss Participatory Budgeting for three community areas; Gorebridge, Dalkeith and Mayfield.

There is currently a £50,000 budget provided by Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian which will be split between the three areas. The focus will be to improve health and wellbeing through food. This will include encouraging eating well, supporting community growing schemes and much more.

A first session covering Mayfield was held last week and was very popular and very successful.

If you would like to be part of one of the following steering groups then go along to one of the sessions detailed below:

• Gorebridge: Gorebridge Leisure Centre, January 18th at 7pm
• Dalkeith and Woodburn: MARC, 10 Woodburn Road, Dalkeith, January 24th at 6.30pm

Participatory Budgeting is an innovative process which enables residents to have decision making powers over the allocation of resources in their community and can help improve the quality and impact of projects that are funded.

This new way of working involves more of the local community than ever before and can lead to a greater collaboration between groups; increasing partnership working ensuring resources are better spent tackling issues that matter locally to you.

Councillor Kelly Parry said: “This is an opportunity for the local community to engage actively within their community and have an impact on how funding is allocated in their area. It gives a wonderful opportunity for local residents to get involved and work alongside the council to support the development of local groups and initiatives.”

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