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Beaconsfield community projects put forward for council cash pot
TRAFFIC calming measures and recreation ground facilities have been nominated to receive funding from a county council cash pot next year.
Members of the Beaconsfield Forum, which puts forward suggestions for the devolved budget, opted for the schemes on a shortlist of issues for next year’s money.
The money is pledged each year by Bucks County Council to be spent on community projects, but from next year these projects must match BCC’s own preferred objectives.
This year’s fund of £45,000 went on town centre cycling improvements and traffic calming measures on Holtspur Top Lane.
And Forum members, including town, district and county councillors, recommended the traffic calming project in Holstpur be continued.
Cllr Matt Denyer said: "More funding should be allocated for the work on Holstpur Top Lane. It would be ridiculous to do only a third of the road and not finish the job."
The pledge was echoed by Cllr Adrian Busby, leader of South Bucks District Council, who said he would like to see the cash spent on further speed cushions.
The county council was also asked to consider leisure improvements at Holtspur Way Recreation Ground.
Cllr Phillip Bastiman said: "We have an exciting and ambitious proposal for leisure facilities for nine to 14 year-olds and for older people.There are over 200 residents calling for this to happen."
Cllr Denyer added: "There have been some problems with anti-social behaviour in the past and that is mainly because there is nothing for kids to do, so I say bring it on."
Peter Hardy, BCC’s cabinet member for resources, said next year's fund is unlikely to change from the current £45,000, but that this will not be confirmed until February's budget is passed.
A proposal to spend the cash on installing a pedestrian crossing on the A40 by the Harvester pub was rejected, as councillors felt the money should come out of Transport for Buckinghamshire’s highways budget instead.
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