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Smith's Wood residents get say on how £1m funds will be spent locally

Residents of a Solihull estate are being invited to have their say on how £1million of lottery funding should be spent in their area

Residents of a Solihull estate are being invited to have their say on how £1million of lottery funding should be spent in their area.

As part of a £200million Big Lottery Fund investment, the cars estate in Smith’s Wood, became one of 150 local areas to each receive £1million Big Local funding, last December.

Spread over ten years, the schemes funded by the grant will be entirely resident-led and it will be up to the people in the area to use the. Locals have chance to choose these projects and services at an event at Auckland Hall in Sunbeam Close, Smith’s Wood, held from 10am to 1pm tomorrow (Saturday).

resident Dave Dixon said: “The Big Local success is fantastic news. It’s a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for residents to make a real difference to where they live.”

The estate was one of three areas put forward by Solihull Council and voluntary sector umbrella group SUSTAiN.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull Council, said: “While we do not yet have the detail on how this will be taken forward, it is clear this is a great opportunity for local people to have their say on what they need in their area.

“I look forward to the community projects that will be born from this and hope it will make a lasting difference.”

The event this Saturday will also feature local community stalls, refreshments and activities for children and adults alike.

 

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