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Dirleton :Village Voices, Village Choices

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Dirleton: Village Voices, Village Choices
Results of Village Voices, Village Choices Voting
A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for their favourite FIVE projects and made Dirleton's first attempt at Participatory Budgeting (PB) a big success.
There were a total of 136 votes - roughly half (71) took the opportunity to vote beforehand and 65 voted at Saturday's afternoon voting event.
PB is structured as a competitive process and there are therefore more Bids for Funding that can actually be funded, and so it proved for Village Voices, Village Choices.
Of the NINE projects that were approved by an Independent Panel to go forward to the Voting Stage, six were fully funded, one partially funded and two were unsuccessful.
The fully funded projects were (in alphabetical order) -
Dirleton Book Club (to use the decommissioned phone box for a book exchange and local History Information hub)
Dirleton Bowling Club (to purchase smaller ladies bowls)
Dirleton Crafters (to purchase craft materials & organise master classes)
Dirleton Kirk (to install a permanent roll-up projector screen in the Kirk Hall for group use)
Dirleton Playgroup (to purchase a CD player and child-friendly learning V-tech cameras)
Dirleton Primary School (to create a Herb Hub to share with the village)
Dirleton Joggers came seventh in the voting order, and so received £350 .

Andrea Mannion's existing Senior Movement Class and Grace Turnbull's proposed Pilates Class were the two unsuccessful bids as they received less votes than those listed above.
BUT another feature of PB is that there should be active steps made by the organisers to find alternative funding for unsuccessful bids. Dirleton Good Neighbours will now pursue this.
We now have seven very positive additions to village life and so feel it has been a very worthwhile exercise. Many thanks to the North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership and the Gullane Area Community Council for supporting Good Neighbours with the additional funding that made this project possible.

Do contact the following for any further information:
Janice Macleod,, 01620 850 509 (ansaphone),
West End, 16/17 Chapelhill, Dirleton EH39 5HF
Anne Orr,, 01620 850 813 (ansaphone)
Chapelhill House, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5HG
Completed application Forms should be returned to Anne Orr, as above.