Friday, July 20, 2012 - 17:30

Residents from St Blazey, Par and Tywardreath are invited to attend a special event on Saturday, July 28 to see how their ideas for the community could be put into action using Big Lottery funding.

The area is one of 100 rural and urban neighbourhoods that have been awarded £1 million to spend over 10 years to help bring about long-lasting improvements to the community.

The Par Bay Big Local group, made up of local residents and assisted by the Eden Project, has been set up to provide support and help the community decide how to spend the funding.

The group has already received funding bids from a number of local organisations, including a skateboard park in Par, an eco-friendly sports and community centre at St. Blazey Football Club, a storage facility for a new food bank and a club for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The event on July 28, which starts at 10am at St. Mary’s Methodist Church in Par, will give each group a chance to make their pitch to the community and answer questions on their ideas.

People from the local area will then have the opportunity to vote for the ideas they like best, rating the bids on value for money and the overall benefit to the community.

Roy Taylor, St Blaize Cornwall Councillor, said: “Cornwall has been a pioneer of participatory budgeting so it’s great that the Big Local team are bringing the idea to the area.”

Doug Scrafton, Chair of the Par Bay Big Local group, said: “I think that it’s an absolutely wonderful opportunity. It is very rare that anybody offers this sort of money to an area.”

There will be further events taking place over the next few months, with the chance to secure up to £1,000 worth of funding for projects centred around health, jobs housing, environment, youth work, families and recreation.

To find out more, please send an email to Karen Dawkins at: