Children given chance to vote in community cash election


Children as young as 11 will be able to vote alongside adults in a special election which comes to High Wycombe for the first time next week.

Buckinghamshire County Council has set up a ballot entitled ‘High Wycombe Decides’ to allow the public to choose where community cash is spent in the town.

The Council, via its High Wycombe Local Area Forum (LAF), has £17,500 to spend locally among eight projects.

Residents of High Wycombe and Downley will be able to vote online and also via ballot forms which will be available in libraries, post offices, village shops and pubs.  Anyone aged 11 or over is encouraged to join in, to decide how the money should be shared out.

The ballot will be launched at 11am next Tuesday (May 26) in Church Street, High Wycombe.

The eight organisations/projects bidding for a share of the £17,500 are: ‘Bucks New Usage’ at Bucks New University; Boomerang Toy Library – Bucks Play Association; Be a Ranger for a Day – Chiltern Rangers; Developing Downley Community Library – The Downley Old School Community Association; ‘Cooking for Confidence’ food education workshops – Empower to Cook CIC; Motor Mechanics Course for young people – SKIDZ; Tenancy Support – Wycombe Homeless Connection;  Early Identification and Support of Young Carers in School – Young Carers Bucks.

For more details on the projects and how to vote, go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/communitiesdecide

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