Local people decide how £350,000 in council cash is spent

Thursday 28 March 2019

Some 800 local residents cast their votes in the area’s first ever Participatory Budget ballot to decide which community groups should benefit from a £350,000 pot of Inverclyde Council cash.

The ballot was held between 28 February and 7 March with voting stations located across Inverclyde.

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

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

“It’s an effective way of putting direct control of council cash into the hands of local communities. In this, Inverclyde’s first ever Participatory Budget ballot, those local communities have made the fundamental decisions on how nearly £270,000 should be spent.”

Under the ballot projects had to secure at least 10% of the votes cast to be eligible for funding. The groups that got the highest number of votes received a share of the £50,000 available in their ward.

Voters ranked their preferences 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Below is a list of the successful projects:


Brief Details

Amount Awarded

Ward 1 (All 5 Applicants)

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 Riverclyde 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


Ward 2 (All 4 Applicants)

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


Ward 3 (4 of the 6 Applicants)

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


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.



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


Ward 4 (3 of the 7 Applicants)


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



Clydeside Athletic FC

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



Ward 5 (3 of the 5 Applicants)

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


Ward 6 (4 of the 5 Applicants)

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


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


Ward 7 (All Applicants)

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




The projects listed below did not achieve 10% of the community vote.


Ward 3

Funding Requested

Inverclyde Music Festival Association


Ward 4


49f Greenock Squadron ATC


Greenock Central Residents Action Group


Mind Mosaic Counselling & Therapy


RIG Arts



The projects listed below did not receive a grant allocation given their rank order would have exceeded the £50K per Ward allocation


Ward 3


Belville Community Garden Trust


Ward 5


Gourock Creative


Inverclyde Cricket Club


Ward 6


Branchton Community Centre




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