PRIORITY spending issues for the people of Bo’ness and Blackness will be put to a public vote at Bo’ness Town Hall, helping to determine the distribution of £25,000 of Coalfields Regeneration Trust cash.
After a massive survey conducted via 1000 letterboxes, online and over 30 interviews, priorities will likely fall under five main themes at Friday, February 8’s drop-in open day (4pm-8pm).
Local economy and town centre; environment; heritage and culture; community facilities and activities; transport and access to services could each be listed.
Since September, when new umbrella group Bo’net (Bo’ness Networking Group) netted Bo’ness and Blackness one of just five Scottish places on the Coalfields Community Futures Programme 2012/13, 11 local groups have applied for funding.
Their interests range from recreation to service provision, the environment to music and drama.
Applications - for ‘small, soon, seen and successful’ projects - total in excess of £60,000 for the £25,000 pot.
Colin Roxburgh of the Star Development Group, CRT’s delivery partners, said: “We would urge as many people as possible to come to the event.
“At the heart of the event will be the results of the survey and interviews and a chance to vote for what you think is important to get done in Bo’ness and Blackness over the next five years.”
Maria Ford, Bo’net secretary, said: “What we really want is for the public to come and vote on the different priorities and if there’s groups or local businesses out there that want to come and promote themselves, get in touch. It’s free to have a stall.”
After the event, Bo’net and CRT will assess funding applications, with successful bidders likely known by the end of February/early March.
A five year Bo’ness and Blackness Community Action Plan will also be published, incorporating the local priorities identified.
Groups and organisations could then use this in future as evidence of demand for external funding bids.
*Contact Maria about the stalls, or to join the Bo’net mailing list, on 01506 510629 and email@example.com