Published: 20/03/2017 08:00 - Updated: 17/03/2017 12:41

Fifteen groups make the cut in Dingwall and Seaforth cash vote

The cash was distributed to groups working in the Dingwall and Seaforth ward area
The cash was distributed to groups working in the Dingwall and Seaforth ward area

FIFTEEN groups in the Dingwall and Seaforth ward area of Highland Council have been successful in securing funding after putting their ideas to the public vote.

More than 100 local people from the area had the chance to cast their votes on Saturday at the first ever ‘Your Community Your Cash’ community event.

It was part of a participatory budgeting process that asked members of the public to decide how funding should be distributed.

Twenty-six groups from the Dingwall and Seaforth Ward presented their ideas and people who took part helped decide which projects should be supported from cash made available from the Scottish Government Community Choices fund and the local ward discretionary budget.

The process was organised and managed by a local steering group.

Participatory budgeting is a process of allocating funding by empowering local people to decide how funding should be spent. All groups gave a two-minute pitch to make their case for funding and then attendees were asked to vote for the seven projects that they thought would benefit Dingwall and Seaforth.

A total of 15 projects put forward by community groups were chosen to be funded and will now receive funding to help them put their ideas into action.

The successful bids were: Dingwall Youth Forum for Fusion Cookwell; Conon Bridge Lunch Club; Rionnagan Rois Website/CD; Dingwall Wheeled sports group for wheeled sports park; Dingwall Men’s Shed for establishment of workshop facilities for Dingwall men’s shed; Dingwall Primary Soccer 7s for football in the community; Dingwall Volunteers to tidy up Dingwall; Ross County Athletics club for long jump pit and runway; Dingwall in Bloom for Dingwall in Bloom 2017; North Highland Radio; Dingwall Gaelic Nursery for ‘Clann Fallain’; Dingwall Museum Trust for refurbishment of Eagle Court; Maryburgh Community Council for community garden; Dingwall Primary Parent Council for Dingwall Primary School garden; Dingwall Community Council for Ferry Point refurbishment.

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