Funding of £14,000 available for project

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The creation of more allotments or a bandstand in Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park are just two options being talked about for funding.

As part of a new scheme introduced by Suffolk County Council’s, councillors could be given increased funding to put towards community projects.

Sudbury is among the areas in which the initiative – run by the authority’s policy development panel – is being piloted, and councillor John Sayers is keen for people to come up with ideas – with up to £14,000 up for grabs.

“There are already a few ideas being thrown around but more suggestions are welcome,” he said.

“I am planning to meet a number of groups, clubs and organisations in the area to see what they think is needed, but this has to be a one-off payment with no further funding.”

Under the scheme, Mr Sayers can assign £6,000 from his locality budget, with fellow county councillor Colin Spence putting in £3,000.

The county council will add a further £5,000, if it believes the project will improve the town.

Mr Sayers, who has shared his locality budget among almost 20 groups over the last 12 months, said buying land for allotments and putting a bandstand in Belle Vue Park were possible uses for the money.

The pilot scheme has been introduced after the council decided to move away from a system where funds designated to councillors were determined on the amount of people living in the area they represented.

A spokesman for the county council said the scheme would allow councillors to get the most out of their locality budget.