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Consultation launched on delivery of Highland Council's area-based funds

By Gordon Calder

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PEOPLE in Caithness and other parts of the Highlands will get a chance to have their say in a consultation on the delivery of area-based funds.

The exercise, which got underway this week and will run until August 31, is being undertaken by Highland Council and will give local people an opportunity to express their views on how they would like to see the funding being prioritised. It will also gather feedback on the types of community projects they would like developed in their area.

People are being asked to take part in the consultation
People are being asked to take part in the consultation

The chairman of Highland Council's economy and infrastructure committee, councillor,Ken Gowans, is encouraging people to take part.

He said: "Highland is home to diverse communities, each with their own unique aspirations and challenges, and an amazingly strong community and voluntary sector. Making funding streams available at a local level recognises this diversity and allows for locally appropriate solutions to be developed and supported. This consultation is a chance for communities to tell us what is important to them so that funds can be directed where they are needed most.

Mr Gowans added: "The last few years have presented new challenges and as ever in Highland communities have come to the fore in developing innovative projects that help to alleviate these challenges. We want to hear from you about what is important to you and what you want to see the funds in your area directed to for the coming year. The consultation has been designed to be user friendly and I hope people of all ages will take this opportunity to have a say in how money is spent in their area."

The consultation is being run by the Community Regeneration Team who will also be contacting third sector organisations across Highland to provide them with a consultation tool kit so that they can run their own engagement sessions if they wish.

Information gathered through the overall consultation will inform how funds such as the Highland Council Coastal Communities Fund and the Place Based Investment Programme are delivered over the next year. It is also hoped that by making the results of the work publicly available it will become a useful evidence base for community groups applying for the funding.

You can access the survey at: www.engagehighland.co.uk

For further information or to request a paper copy of the consultation tool kit including survey, please contact The Highland Council at communityregenerationfund@highland.gov.uk

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