South of the borough community shares £30,000 council cash

A plan to tackle knife crime is among 21 projects sharing almost £30,000 after people in the south of the borough voted to support local schemes.

Scouts, schools and charities are among the winners after people living in Tolworth, Hook and Chessington took part in the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee’s ‘Your Money, You Decide’ poll.

Community and voluntary groups, residents associations and other organisations were invited to bid for up to £2,000 of the £10,000 available in each of three neighbourhood wards.

Hundreds of local people turned out to hear from and vote for their preferred projects at two ‘decision days’.

“People really get involved with this initiative, and we had a good turnout from the community again. They have chosen who and what their money should go to, helping to improve life in their own neighbourhood.”

Councillor Rachel Reid, Neighbourhood Committee chair

The winning bids

  • 1st Tolworth Scouts: £2,000 to install a new kitchen
  • Community Church Toddlers: £500 to buy new toys
  • Man and Boy: £1,998 to provide activities for boys and a father figure
  • 1st Hook Scouts: £2,000 for new camping equipment
  • Tackling Knife Crime: £1,899 to educate young people about personal safety, gangs and the consequences of knife crime
  • Tackling Bullying: £560 to support school performances of ‘Crystal’s Vardo’, a play about a young Gypsy girl bullied at school
  • Corinthian Casuals £2,000 to produce plans to seek funding for all-weather pitches, and renovate clubhouse and pavilion
  • Kingston Police Cycling Fleet: £2,000 to maintain and develop local police bikes
  • Empty Shop Initiative: £1,998 to work with owners to bring vacant premises back into temporary use
  • Lovelace Primary School: £2,000 for new noticeboards at the school gates
  • St Paul’s School, Hook: £2,000 for new theatre equipment
  • Phoenix Over 50s Club: £2,000 for a social activities venue and outings
  • Concerts for older people: £1,260 for free concerts by Connaught Opera for the elderly
  • Think Make Do: £277 for craft sessions using skills taught in schools during World War One, at Hook and Chessington Library
  • UK Small Business Saturday: £333 to support a national campaign on 7 December
  • Hands-on Tablets: £630 for nine tablet computers, for public training sessions at Hook and Chessington and Tolworth libraries
  • Learn to Draw Manga: £165 for art classes aimed at 11-18 year olds
  • Environment Trust Churchfields project: £1,922 to install a board to help people learn about the wildlife that inhabits the recreation ground
  • Improve Disability Provision: £2,000 to improve access and facilities for disabled users of Chessington Sports Centre
  • Woodview Play Area: £1,740 to replace broken five-a-side goals and litter bins
  • Surrey Starlets cheerleaders: £743 for a new ‘tumble track’