Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C


Sudbury: £14,000 pilot funding trial to aid community

10:52 31 March 2014


Ideas are being sought for a project in the Sudbury area that could benefit from a one-off cash boost of £14,000.

The participatory budget scheme, where county councillors could get extra cash to boost their annual locality budget for community projects, is being trialled in four different parts of Suffolk.

Sudbury councillor John Sayers is one of the first members in an urban area to trial the pilot scheme, which is being run by the council’s policy development panel.

Last April, the county’s cabinet voted to abandon the system where councillors’ resources varied depending on the size of the population they represented. Instead they introduced a fixed rate locality budget of £12,000 and an £8,000 highways budget, which replaced the former “quality of life” budget.

A county council spokesman said: “The new pilot scheme we are trialling in four areas looks at supporting councillors to get the most out of their locality budget and engage with the local community when identifying areas where this money can be spent.”

In the past year, Mr Sayers has split his locality budget between nearly 20 different organisations across Sudbury.

He said: “Under the trial scheme, I can allocate £6,000 from my budget, fellow county councillor Colin Spence will give £3,000 and the county will contribute another £5,000 to a single project that will be of benefit to Sudbury.

“But it has to be a one-off payment with no revenue funding.

“I am aiming to meet with the various organisations in the town to see what they feel is needed most.”

Ideas so far include purchasing a piece of land for extra allotment space or a bandstand for Belle Vue Park. Another suggestion is to create a facility at the recycling centre where furniture could be sold for charity.


More than three million day visitors to Ipswich helped to swell tourism business coffers by £250m last year, according to new statistics.

Trains between Ipswich and Cambridge have been cancelled.

It is exactly one month to the day since 23-year-old Corrie McKeague apparently vanished in Bury St Edmunds – yet people with potentially vital information still have not come forward.

Just a week after Abellio’s new Greater Anglia franchise began, rail chiefs, politicians, and business leaders are gathering in Ipswich today to look at the next steps for the region’s rail services.

It’s nearly Halloween and there is a variety of events across Suffolk this half term to keep your little monsters entertained no matter what their age.

A wedding dress catwalk, singers, cakes, flowers and a string quartet were among the bridal delights on offer at Ipswich Hotel’s Wedding Fayre today.

Stormtroopers marched the streets of Bury St Edmunds this weekend as Moyse’s Hall unveiled its acclaimed annual science fiction exhibition.

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Most read


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24