Local residents group asks Fishwick and St Matthews to decide funding priorities

Posted on - 19th August, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fishwick, Preston News, St Matthews

Volunteers at the Friends group


A community group have launched a survey to find out how £1 million should be spent.

Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews have launched a consultation program on how a Big Lottery grant should be spent in the area.

The Hesketh Arms has been used as the base for finding out what local people want.

Residents visiting the pub were asked to put stickers next to themes such as employment, housing, empty buildings, green space, traffic problems and poverty for what should get funding.

Danny Walsh, the group’s new Community Development Worker, said they want to develop ideas that complement their other major project, the Neighbourhood Plan.

He said: “The Friends of Fishwick and St. Matthews have been consulting on a Neighbourhood Plan for some time which will give the community more power to challenge the development of housing, transport and green space in Inner East Preston.

“The Big Local project will give local people the chance to build on the Neighbourhood Plan by making some ideas to improve the area a reality. We will be using a variety of methods to get people’s views so look out for our logo and more opportunities to have your say.”

The Friends group formed in 2011 and have already restored the Ribbleton Park Community Garden as well as successfully applied for major charity funding.

Do you live in the area? What do you think should be funded? Let us know in the comments below

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