Councillors' generosity will boost community projects

Kidderminster Shuttle: Digging in: Andy Dobson, left, with Marcus Hart and students at Brinton Park. Digging in: Andy Dobson, left, with Marcus Hart and students at Brinton Park.

MORE than 80 groups and initiatives have been given a boost after receiving a total of £36,000 from Wyre Forest district councillors.

The members donated the cash from their community leadership fund. They were each given £1,000 during 2012-13 to support worthwhile initiatives, projects and activities they felt would benefit their wards.

Kidderminster Food Bank was the most popular organisation supported, with 11 councillors allocating a total of £1,650.

Walshes Community Partnership received a £500 cash injection from Labour’s James Shaw. He also gave £200 of his fund to Stourport Town Council.

Another organisation to benefit from the fund was Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends.

Independent Community and Health Concern (ICHC) councillor Graham Ballinger gave £500 to help the group. He also allocated £250 to the Kidderminster Food Bank and £250 to Wyre Forest Dial-A-Ride.

Meanwhile, three councillors gave an extra cash boost towards the development of a new education centre, run by Kidderminster College, at Brinton Park.

Conservative members Marcus Hart, Tracey Onslow and council leader John Campion contributed £2,000 between them.

Andy Dobson, college principal, said: “The community leadership fund has helped us to develop an impressive new education centre, which provides our land-based studies students with a purpose-designed space for discussion and study, as well as a kitchen. The new centre means our students, some of whom have learning difficulties, can work towards an accredited qualification and gain practical work experience with the council’s parks and green spaces team.”

Other uses of the fund included a £500 boost for the Citizens Advice Bureau from Liberal councillor Fran Oborski.

Kidderminster Harriers Community Scheme receiving her other £500 donation.

Conservative councillor Ian Hardiman, the district council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “The community leadership fund gives councillors an opportunity to invest in initiatives they feel will benefit the district and their ward.

“The money is making a big difference to a wide range of organisations.”

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8:45pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Grumpy Old Blogger says...

I'm glad to hear that the councillors are being generous with 'our' money. They don't put their hands in their own pockets. Silly me! They can't put their hands in their own pockets because they are too busy with their hands in our pockets.
I'm glad to hear that the councillors are being generous with 'our' money. They don't put their hands in their own pockets. Silly me! They can't put their hands in their own pockets because they are too busy with their hands in our pockets. Grumpy Old Blogger
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11:29pm Fri 25 Jan 13

kidderlord says...

What a disgraceful headline - it is NOT councillors generosity at all, it is the money from the Council Tax, so the money is going back to those who gave it.
What a disgraceful headline - it is NOT councillors generosity at all, it is the money from the Council Tax, so the money is going back to those who gave it. kidderlord
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11:12am Sat 26 Jan 13

Jane Gordon says...

A lot of 'goodwill' to the community - I sense an election looming
A lot of 'goodwill' to the community - I sense an election looming Jane Gordon
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11:27pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Cllr Paul Gittins says...

I agree with with the above comments. This money which is being given so generously is our money! Perhaps this 'community leadership fund ' should be given to the Town and Parish Councils to be added to their grant scheme funds, that way a group of concillors decide where the money goes instead of one councillor which could be seen as buying votes! I believe the County Councillors have £10,000 each to be generous with!
I agree with with the above comments. This money which is being given so generously is our money! Perhaps this 'community leadership fund ' should be given to the Town and Parish Councils to be added to their grant scheme funds, that way a group of concillors decide where the money goes instead of one councillor which could be seen as buying votes! I believe the County Councillors have £10,000 each to be generous with! Cllr Paul Gittins
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5:49pm Sun 27 Jan 13

stour67 says...

How long before that tree gets chopped down
How long before that tree gets chopped down stour67
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8:47am Mon 28 Jan 13

Grumpy Old Blogger says...

Stour 67 - Priceless!
Stour 67 - Priceless! Grumpy Old Blogger
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