Tain and Easter Ross Community groups awarded funding after public vote
Local people in the Tain and Easter Ross Ward took the opportunity to cast their votes at a Highland Council participatory budgeting event held on Saturday in the Duthac Centre.
11 out of the 32 projects bidding for a share of the £15,000 of community funding available were successful.
Members of the public voted after listening to the all the applicants who were given a 4 minute slot to talk about their projects and their plans for using the funding they were applying for.
The event was fully supported by the three Ward Members who welcomed everyone and helped make sure the day ran smoothly.
Councillor Robertson said: “I am really pleased to see so many people turn out to take part in the first participatory budgeting event in our ward. I think everyone casting their votes enjoyed been actively involved in the decision making process and I would like to thank not only those who voted but also all the groups who applied and turned up to give their presentations.
Councillor Rhind added: “I am delighted so many community groups were represented. The day has been a great chance for local groups to meet new people, network and promote their work and find out more about what is happening locally and will, I have no doubt , have strengthened local built community cohesion.”
The successful bids voted for by the audience are as follows:
- Tain & District Development Trust - Community Market for Tain and District - £1500
- Tain Task Force for floral displays - £1500
- Tain Amateur Swimming Club - £1500
- Tain & District Museum for flyers and signs - £1097
- Tain Gala Association for the purchase and renovation of portacabins into toilets - £1070
- St Duthus Special School for outdoor improvements - £1500
- Tain and Easter Ross Civic Trust for Tain Picture House Regeneration Project - £1500
- 1st St Duthus Scout Group for Scout Hall makeover - £1500
- Inver Toddler Group - £1500
- Seaboard Memorial Hal for Gopak Go - £1500
- Tain and District Youth Café YMCA for Holiday Meals project - £1250
In his closing remarks, Councillor Derek Louden said: “Congratulations to the winning teams; We look forward to seeing their projects become reality and our thanks go to everyone who worked hard to make the day such a success.”