Communities encouraged to voice their choice!

People in Wishaw and Motherwell will soon have the opportunity to make shared decisions on how funds for local projects are allocated from the public purse

Participatory Budgeting - Community Action Newarthill - June 2019

The Participatory Budgeting programme - your voice, your choice - is a way for people to have a direct say in how local money is spent on areas that matter to them.

The initiative will ask people to vote on a list of projects such as new play areas, environmental improvements and ideas of celebrating our heritage. 

A budget of around £650,000 is available for projects between Motherwell and Wishaw. These two towns have been chosen to pilot the participatory budget programme before it is rolled out across North Lanarkshire.

Cllr Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "Anyone over the age of 11 years who lives in Wishaw and Motherwell is entitled to vote for projects in their area - it's a way of local people being more involved in the decision making process and a great way for them to say which projects matter most to them."

"Our community engagement teams have been regularly meeting with communities to generate ideas for the projects and a list of all the various proposals has now been created."

The first opportunity to view projects for each area will be at the next Community Matters - Locality Partnership meetings:

  • Motherwell meeting - Thursday 6 June 3.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Wishaw meeting -  Thursday 13 June 3.00pm to 7.00pm

Both meetings will take place at Motherwell Fire Station, Dellburn St, Motherwell, ML1 1SE.

Once the short-list has been agreed, people will then have the option to vote online or in person in August this year - further details will be provided nearer the time.

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