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COMMUNITY NEIGHBOURHOOD FUNDING "SUSPENDED"


20 September 2012 

Wirral Council announced this week that it was "suspending" the Neighbourhood Funding programme which grants funding to community organisations.  The move follows the revelation that the Council has a 17million black hole in its finances for this year.

Over the years, local groups and organisations have won funding from the Neighbourhood Fund, including New Ferry Butterfly Park and New Ferry Residents Association.  Both organisations had submitted bids for this year's round of funding: the Butterfly Park wanted to extend the Comma Project whilst NeFRA were seeking funding to tidy up the cliffs at Shorefields and build new footpaths along the top of the cliffs overlooking the river.

As a result of the withdrawal of the funding, both projects have been placed in jeopardy.

A further problem which has left community groups seething is that in the Bromborough and Eastham ward, differences of opinion which arose when the community were allowed to "vote" on which projects should be funded in October 2011 resulted in money not being allocated and many of the 2011 bids being rejected.  The system itself was to blame, with the three communities of New Ferry, Eastham and Bromborough voting against each others' projects in the hope that their own would be successful.

As a result, some 40,000 of money went unspent and was rolled over to the current year.  At present, it is not clear whether this "rollover" will be still available.  However, community groups are insistent that it should be, as it is THEIR money from last year.

New Chief Executive of Wirral Council, Graham Burgess has been asked to clarify the situation, but as yet a formal response is awaited. 


 



     
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