UDecide wins national award

September 24, 2007 12:00 AM
Denton resident Margaret O'Callaghan with the Neighbourhood Renewal Project of the Year trophy that UDecide won

Denton resident Margaret O'Callaghan with the Neighbourhood Renewal Project of the Year trophy that UDecide won in the national regeneration awards.

A city council project being piloted in Lemington, Denton and Woolsington has won a national award.

The UDecide scheme allows local residents to decide how money is spent in Lemington to make the ward cleaner, greener and safer.

UDecide won the Neighbourhood Renewal Project of the Year award in the 2007 Regeneration and Renewal Awards.

It was also nominated for the Community led Organisation of the Year award.

Members of UDecide travelled down to London earlier this month for the awards ceremony.

The two-year pilot project has so far helped nearly 2,000 people across the three wards and 15 projects have already benefited from grants ranging between £350 and £8,800.

This year the city council is providing £70,000 funding for UDecide, which is more than double its budget last year.

Councillor Sharon Middleton, who represents Denton, says: "Giving local people a greater say in how money is spent in their local communities is very important to the Liberal Democrats.

"I am delighted that UDecide has been recognised nationally and my thanks go to everyone involved in the project."