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Solihull residents to decide how £1 million Lottery money should be spent

Cars Estate residents have been invited to have their say on how £1million lottery funding will be spent in their area

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

As part of a £200million Big Lottery Fund investment, 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 it will be entirely resident-led and it will be up to the people living in the area to use the money on the things that matter to them.

Now locals are getting the chance to choose these projects and services at an event at Auckland Hall in Sunbeam Close, Smith's Wood, held from 10am to 1pm this Saturday.

Local resident, Dave Dixon said: "The Big Local success is fantastic news for the Cars Estate. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents to make a real difference to where they live."

The Cars Estate was one of three areas put forward by Solihull Council and voluntary sector umbrella group Sustain, after being approached by Big Local for areas that were felt in need of investment.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull Council, said he was delighted the area had been selected.

"While we do not yet have the detail on how this will be taken forward, it is clear that this is a great opportunity for local people to have their say on what they need in their area, and choose the things that are important to them," he said.

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

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



Cathrina Hulse
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