Wealden District Councillors are to be each given a Community Dividend to spend on projects in their council wards.
This follows the problems with the waste collection service last year. The one-off payment of £110,000 can be used for existing community schemes or to get new projects started.
“I am pleased that the agreement with Kier will give a welcome boost to smaller projects at parish or neighbourhood level. I was keen that the funding we negotiated with Kier would be used to benefit the community and this is an innovative way of achieving that aim,” said Council Leader Bob Standley. “Each of Wealden’s 55 district councillors will be responsible for identifying specific projects in their local wards with their parish and town councils to benefit from the Community Dividend. This will underpin the work they are already doing as community leaders within the wider district.”
The amount each councillor will receive will include an allowance for the number of different parishes in their ward. In those cases where a number of councillors represent a ward or a town, they can combine the sums available through the Wealden Community Dividend.