How should £26,000 fund be used to improve Seaham?

Councillors Kevin Shaw, Jennie Bell, Eddie bell and Sonia Foster alongside one of two sets of gates that have been installed to stop motorbikes using public footpaths.
Councillors Kevin Shaw, Jennie Bell, Eddie bell and Sonia Foster alongside one of two sets of gates that have been installed to stop motorbikes using public footpaths.
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RESIDENTS are to get a major say in how thousands of pounds will be spent to improve their area.

Community groups and organisations are being invited to apply to a £26,000 fund which has been secured to benefit Seaham.

Durham Constabulary has provided £10,000, the same amount has come from an “Our Place” grant and a neighbourhood budget of £6,000 jointly provided by Seaham councillors Eddie Bell, Jennifer Bell, Sonia Forster, Kevin Shaw, Sue Morrison and Geraldine Bleasdale.

The overall aim is to develop and fund community projects in Seaham through a process known as participatory budgeting (PB).

An event will be held on January 17 at Seaham Youth Centre, where residents will vote on projects which will help provide activities for young people, provide support for vulnerable people, or help make properties more secure.

Councillor Eddie Bell, said: “We are really pleased that this fund, the result of partnership work between the local community, Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council, is being launched in Seaham. 

“It will provide a great opportunity for a number of people to get involved in decision making, and for groups to raise their profile in the community and attract new members.”

Insp Darren Walton, head of neighbourhood policing for Seaham, said; “The process will give local people a direct say in how resources are allocated. The end result will be a number of new projects which should be a real benefit to the community.”

The police and other agencies involved in the scheme took part in a formal launch at Seaham police office yesterday.

For further information on the fund residents can contact the East Durham Area Action Partnership on 03000 262056, or via eastdurhamaap@durham.gov.uk.