Public to decide the winner of handout

VOTE: Farington resident Gareth Stalker pledges his vote
VOTE: Farington resident Gareth Stalker pledges his vote

Projects to improve the community are competing for votes in a groundbreaking new initiative at South Ribble Borough Council.

Residents can show their support for their favourite local project by putting a token into one of four see-through containers dubbed the ‘you choose tubes’.

At the end of February the tokens will be counted and the project with the most votes will be given up to £200 funding.

The innovative scheme puts the decision on which projects receive council funding firmly in the hands of South Ribble residents.

The four projects currently vying for residents votes are:

New Stage Youth Theatre - a theatre for young people aged 11-14 years to perform dance, drama and music as well as learn technical theatre management skills.

Leyland Age Concern exercise class - an older people’s exercise group which meets each week at the United Reform Church, Hough Lane, to offer gentle exercise and keep fit in a friendly social atmosphere.

Seven Stars veggie plot - a new community food growing project in Wade Hall and Seven Stars run by the Leyland Project and targeting youngsters.

Broadfield Action Week 2011 - a week-long programme of activities focusing on improving the local environment carried out during February half-term.

The project is led by the Broadfield Community Association and will build on the success of last year’s event.

The ‘you choose tubes’ are currently displayed in Gateway at the Civic Centre, Leyland, and at Leyland Market where people will be able to collect a token from stalls to pledge their vote.

Coun Colin Clark, deputy leader of South Ribble Borough Council said: “This innovative new initiative lets our residents decide exactly how they want us to spend taxpayers’ money when it comes to community projects.

“It encourages people to be more actively involved in these schemes and enables them to really think about the ways in which local groups are trying to create a brighter South Ribble.

“I would encourage all residents to come and learn about the projects, pick up their token, and make their vote count.”

If you know of a local project that we could put in the “you choose tubes” please contact Jayne Fletcher at South Ribble Borough Council on 01772 625304 or email