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Ward councillors show residents the money

James Giles

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Ward Councillors have £2,000 a piece to get behind grass-roots community spirited projects, activities and local initiatives.

Kingston residents are being reminded that their local Councillor can award flexible, small and timely funds for local initiatives within their Ward. The clock is ticking for your Councillor to allocate this one-off cash injection into your local neighbourhood as your Councillor must invest the money by the end of the financial year in March 2017.

The idea behind the fund is to promote a real sense of community and good neighbourliness across the borough and to support residents to help themselves, and each other, by improving their streets, open spaces and promote local community activities. The funding comes from the new Ward Councillors scheme. Your Ward Councillor will decide which community-spirited project, activity or initiative has the widest benefit to local residents and is worthy of receiving support and funding.

This will be your chance to iron out any local problems you may feel exists within your neck of the woods – with the Council’s backing to solve and achieve some solutions. Ward Councillors can allocate their fund as an individual Councillor or join with other Councillors in the same ward to support a particular scheme or project.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Growth and Identity, said:

“This fund is about empowering our residents and giving them the chance to make their communities an even better place to live. There is such a strong sense of community here in Kingston. This is why I have absolutely no doubt that this fund will be invested in projects and initiatives that matter most to our residents – because the money will be spent by you.”

For more information and to apply for a grant visit: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/voluntary_and_community_sector_grants

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Two men charged with Norbiton murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of 22-year-old Malik Chutton in Kingston on 5 August have charged two men.

Finley Ahwan, 19, of Worcester Park, and Kyle Hill, 19, were arrested in August and subsequently bailed. They were charged with murder on Thursday, 1 November.

Both will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 2 November.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early November.

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