Councillors hand out funds for community projects

Hove Town Hall
Hove Town Hall

Small community projects often benefit from small donations and one source is the ward budget of Brighton and Hove’s 54 councillors.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s neighbourhoods, inclusion, communities and equalities committee is today (July 2) due to discuss how much councillors can offer their communities from ward budgets next year.

In total £60,000 is spent on the scheme, with £54,000 going to communities across the city.

The idea behind the scheme is to ensure money goes to improve wellbeing in an area, bringing together councillors and the community in support of small projects.

In some areas councillors have combined their resources for maximum impact.

Labour councillors Gill Mitchell, Warren Morgan and Nancy Platts combined their resources to donate £3,000 towards setting up the East Brighton park run, a free, weekly timed event in East Brighton Park.

Currently more than 1,500 people take part in Brighton and Hove’s four park runs in Hove Park, Preston Park, on Hove Promenade and Bevendean Down every Saturday.

Hangleton and Knoll Conservative councillors Dawn Barnett, Tony Janio and Nick Lewry pooled their money for a new security fence for Hove Medical Centre.

Rottingdean Clock Tower has the full £3,000 from Conservatives Lynda Hyde, Mary Mears and Joe Miller.

Harvesting water in Norfolk Square drew donations from the four Green councillors from Brunswick and Adeliade and the neighbouring Regency ward.

So far just over £48,000 has been spent with almost £6,000 still in the pot.

At the moment Brunswick and Adelaide councillors Phélim Mac Cafferty and Ollie Sykes have £800 and £320 left to allocate.

Hove Park Conservative councillors Jayne Bennett and Vanessa Brown have £500 each to spend.

North Portslade councillor Peter Atkinson has his full £1,000 while Penny Gilbey has £608.90 after contributing to bollards in Graham Avenue.

St Peter’s and North Laine councillor Louisa Greenbaum, a Green, has her full £1,000 still to spend as does Conservative councillor Denise Cobb in Westbourne.

Withdean councillor Nick Taylor has £229.50 left after contributing to various causes in the ward.

Sarah Booker-Lewis is the Local Democracy Reporter for Brighton & Hove.

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