Local people to vote on how £350,000 in council cash is spent

Friday 22 February 2019

Local people are being given the chance to vote on which community groups should benefit from a £350,000 pot of Inverclyde Council cash.

Some £50,000 is available in each of Inverclyde’s seven council wards. The Participatory Budget ballot is open to all Inverclyde residents over 16 years old.

Manned voting stands and stand-alone voting boxes will be available in each council ward with the first opening on Thursday 28 February. A full list of dates and locations is on the council’s website.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of Inverclyde Council’s Education & Communities Committee, said, “The idea behind Participatory Budgeting is simple. Local community groups generate ideas for projects. People vote for the projects that best match their priorities. The projects with the most votes get a share of the cash.

“It’s a very simple way of putting direct control of council cash into the hands of local communities to deliver projects that meet local needs.”

A project must get at least 10% of the votes cast to be eligible for funding. The groups that get the highest number of votes will get a share of the £50,000 available in their ward.

Voting forms will be available at each of the polling stations and ballot boxes. There will also be information available about all of the projects and how much money each is seeking.

Voters rank their preferences 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  All voters will need to give their name and address and sign a declaration that they live in the council ward where they’re voting.


Notes to editors

Participatory Budget Ballot – voting dates, venues and times

Ward 1

Voting/manned stands: Port Glasgow Town Hall, Thursday 7 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Voting box only: Kilmacolm Community Centre, Tuesday 5 March 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm


Ward 2

Voting/manned stands: Port Glasgow Town Hall, Thursday 7 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Voting box only: Port Glasgow I Zone (Dubbs Place), Wednesday 6 March 2019, 2pm – 4pm


Ward 3

Voting/manned stands: Notre Dame High School, Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Voting box only: Crawfurdsburn Community Centre, Monday 4 March 2019, 4.30pm-6.30pm


Ward 4

Voting/manned stands: Notre Dame High School, Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Voting box only: Customer Contact Centre, Tuesday 5 March 2019, 12noon – 2pm


Ward 5

Voting/manned stands: Gourock I Zone (King Street), Saturday 2 March 2019, 11am – 1pm

Voting box only: Gourock I Zone (King Street), Friday 1 March 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm


Ward 6

Voting/manned stands: Inverclyde Academy, Sunday 3 March 2019, 11am – 1pm

Voting box only: Inverkip Hub, Friday 1 March, 2pm – 4pm


Ward 7

Voting/manned stands: Inverclyde Academy, Sunday 3 March 2019, 11am – 1pm

Voting box only: Inverkip Hub, Thursday 28 February 2019, 4pm – 6pm.





Brief Details

Amount Requested

Port Glasgow Community Association

Support to erect CCTV to combat issues of vandalism, anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and crime.


Greenock Morton Community Trust

Support for free football camps to children living in Greenock East, delivered 3 times per year in partnership with River Clyde Homes


Kilmacolm Art Class

Support for annual hire of premises and hire of Kilmacolm Community Centre for exhibition


Kilmacolm Playgroup and Toddlers

Requesting funding for promotional campaign to increase users as well as support for running costs and to reinstate local breastfeeding group.


St Marys Episcopal Church

Support for transport  for service users of Heartland Circle - weekly group for older people living with or affected by Dementia





Brief Details

Amount Requested

Gibshill Community Centre

Support to improve landscaping at outdoor area; permanent signage for Centre; set up for a Teen Music Café and Skills Build Project - Bricks4Kids (new addition to current youth club)


Parklea Bowling Club

Support towards general running costs of Club


Port Glasgow Bowling Club

Support for outdoor benches; new floor in function hall and new chairs, tables and carpet


Port Glasgow West Community Council

Support to erect CCTV to combat issues of vandalism, anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and crime





Auchmountain Glen Project

Support towards design of entrance feature for Auchmountain Glen


Auchmountain Resource Centre

Support to provide a lunch club for the elderly/carers two days per week


Belville Community Garden Trust

Support to establish a TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) Green Gym at Belville Community Garden. Volunteers led by a qualified leader attend sessions undertaking environmental and maintenance projects


Craigend Resource Centre

Funding for Community mini bus to support those who are less mobile and encourage people to get active within the community.  Wish to address social isolation.



Inverclyde Music Festival Association

Support towards Inverclyde Music Festival – wish to allow young people to download music instead of it being copied. Young ambassadors will be trained to make the conversions and promote the eco ideals


Kings Oak Parent Circle

Support to arrange and host a school and community folk festival. Local event required to increase awareness of the Parent Circle and school provision to help alleviate isolation for those parents who would not normally attend due to costs




49f Greenock Squadron ATC

For cadets to achieve qualifications they need to access online national programmes.  In order to support them effectively and due to an influx in numbers, Squadron would benefit from having working computers.  Funding sought for refurbished laptops/printers and ink.  Funding also sought for new simulator - current flight simulator is outdated and cannot teach cadets the necessary skills


Caddlehill Allotment & Gardens

Support towards the creation of a wildlife garden.  Work to be undertaken in partnership with Duke of Edinburgh and thereafter to be used by people suffering with early stages of Alzheimers


Fort Matilda Bowling Club

Funding towards the upgrade of clubhouse -  toilets, access and expansion of usable floor area


Greenock Central Residents Action Group

Funding to develop area opposite to playpark to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors in a nice surrounding


Clydeside Athletic FC

Support towards the start-up of new football club for 2007 age group.  Funding towards strips and equipment


Mind Mosaic Counselling & Therapy

Wish to support Inverclyde to become trauma informed.  Local community and current service users with mental health issues will be at the core of delivery. Plan to facilitate workshops in community venues which will be available for everyone. Plan to produce short film highlighting effects of trauma in the community


RIG Arts

Support towards creative workshops to benefit people with challenges in their lives due to poor mental health - workshops will feed into Galoshans Festival





Brief Details

Amount Requested

Gourock Creative

New social enterprise (The Hub and Independent Music @ The Hub).  Aim to build a hub for creativity, helping community take advantage of technology that is readily available. Hub to encourage entrepreneurship by facilitating online streaming and radio together with quality audio and video projects


Gourock Golf Club

Drive to open up club to the community - only limitation is lack of disabled access to the upper floor. Wish to install a  simplified lift to connect upper and lower floors


Gourock Heritage & Arts

Theatre without walls is a collaborative project between Gourock Heritage, Gourock Regeneration Forum and Gourock Schools and Churches Together Group.  Project will be based at the Centre with an outdoor remit making use of Gourock Park, George Wylie Garden and Ashton Promenade.  Project will create a platform to share and celebrate heritage past, present and future through workshops, drama/plays, script writing and story telling


Gourock Park Bowling Club

Support towards the purchase of 9 hole crazy golf course for the benefit of local residents and tourists – to be located on grounds of bowling club


Inverclyde Cricket Club

Support towards further extension of Growing Cricket in Inverclyde – aim to set up ‘Development Eleven’ to allow juniors to progress to adult teams and also to allow less able and older players to participate in competitive cricket





Brief Details

Amount Requested

33rd Greenock & District Scout Group

Support for the purchase of second hand minibus, hike tents, mess tent and rucksacks - bigger supply would enable more to participate in camping experience


Branchton Community Centre


Wish to convert under-utilised space within the community centre which will enable the expansion of the resources and services currently provided.  Space would allow for community fridge and freezer to participate in the FareShare food scheme, laundry and bookshelf.  Also seeking support for new signage.


Children in Poverty

Support towards holiday project which provides much needed summer break for 20 families and also Christmas pantomime trip, providing opportunity for families on low income who would not be able to afford this experience


Inverkip Community Initiative

Kip Community Sound Project – project to enhance the overall sound, acoustics and visual aesthetics of the main hall at the Hub. If successful with grant, the Hub would be able to offer affordable alternatives to larger local venues and put on a wide range of music events and shows


Wemyss Bay Community Association

Centre has been heavily utilised over the years and kitchen area is in dire need of an upgrade.  Need to change to be competitive for business. Support towards new kitchen, installation and associated plumbing and electrical works





Brief Details

Amount Requested

Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia

Music as therapy has the potential to unlock memories that other activities cannot. Seeking funds to start a 'Musical Minds' singing and music group in Inverclyde – group targeted at people with dementia, their carers, families and friends but is open to the whole community to enjoy


Inverclyde Gaelic Learners Group

Wish to research the history of Gaels who came to Greenock in the past or emigrated to new lands with interest in the effect this had on the area and how the Gaelic community survived and integrated.  Group propose to make a film which will draw together the products of research and be shown to other groups



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