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X marks the spot for extra Wycombe community cash


Residents in Wycombe will get an extra vote this year - but not to elect politicians. Their votes will decide which community projects they want funded. 

Buckinghamshire County Council's High Wycombe Local Area Forum (LAF) has £10,000 in its local priorities fund, and is inviting residents to cast their votes to say how they want some of their council tax spent.  Four local organisations are bidding for residents' votes: 

  • Swimming for disabled young people - Horizon Sports
  • Healthy living for young adults and pre-teens - Khepera: Head Start to Health
  • New skills for socially isolated men - Men in Sheds
  • Wellbeing for people with mental health conditions - Wycombe Mind: Parks Project

The 'High Wycombe Decides' ballot launched online at last week and will close on June 30. And on Tuesday (June 20) the four charities were promoting their projects at the town's market.

Votes can be cast online or at Wycombe Library and local supermarkets.  The winning charity gets £4,000, second receives £3,000, while the charities voted into third and fourth places get £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

County Councillor Wendy Mallen, who chairs the Local Area Forum, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for residents of all ages in High Wycombe and Downley, to support projects that will benefit the community with some much-needed cash. I'd urge everyone to go online and vote for their favourite charity." 

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