Thousands given to community projects in town

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More than £8,000 was given to community projects when the East Crawley County Local Committee met for the first time since the May elections.

Seven projects were granted a total of £8,336 from the Community Initiative Fund at its meeting in Crawley Library.

The cash included £2,500 for the Maidenbower Park Community Club to buy furniture; £1,067 for the Celtic and Irish Cultural Society to go towards the Irish Festival; and £1,620 for the 7th Crawley Scout Group to fund a recruitment drive.

The CLC was given £24,000 to distribute for the 2013/14 financial year. Of this, £890 had already been allocated to Crawley Scouts in April, leaving £23,110 for the rest of the year.

The committee only turned down one application – from the Cameo Club, which wanted £511.11 to go towards the yearly rent of the Friary Hall.

Explaining the decision, Cllr Richard Burrett (Con, Pound Hill/Worth) said: “The application did not fit the criteria required because it would be giving money for revenue purposes. We have suggested they come back with a more detailed application about another project.”

During the meeting, Cllr Burrett was re-elected as chairman for the fifth year.