A DAY-long discussion between residents and councillors has resulted in £10,000 being targeted at local initiatives on Saturday (17 November).
More than 40 people from Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary took part in Thurrock’s pilot U Choose event at The Gateway Academy.
The event focused on finding community solutions to improve health and well-being and was led by ward councillors from the area.
The morning session involved councillors talking with residents about local health issues and how health and well-being could be improved.
Responses will be fed into the council’s health and well-being consultation as the it prepares to take on more health responsibilities from April.
It was the first Community Council public engagement event with Chadwell St Mary representative Cllr Barbara Rice – cabinet portfolio holder for adult social care and health – leading a discussion looking at ways residents could help themselves and others to live healthier lives.
In the afternoon ngage – the local organisation which promotes active citizenship – led a “participatory budgeting” exercise to distribute £10,000 to community initiatives.
Eleven local proposals were put to the public vote for residents to decide which would have the greatest impact on health and well-being, including a kite-making and flying project, community zumba and heritage walks across Tilbury and Chadwell.
Cllr Lynn Worrall, portfolio holder for Communities and Transformation said: “Today has been a very successful trial for community councils and for participatory budgeting.
“Involving people in this way really helps to bring different people together and to air local concerns in a positive way.”
The full list of successful projects:
Thurrock Play Network: Let’s Go Fly a Kite – £714
Women’s Aid: Young People’s Wall Paint Murals – £605
Thurrock Mind: Tilbury Sheds – £1,702
Delargy Close: Community Garden – £550
One Community Development Trust: Community Zumba – £1,740
Resident: Play equipment for toddlers – £2,000
Chadwell Boxing Club: Equipment to support physical exercise with disabled people – £739
Tilbury Riverside Project: Healthy History Walks – £1,950