How would you spend £1m Withernsea Lottery funding?
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held to discuss how to spend £1m in Withernsea.
The town will receive the Big Lottery funding over the next ten years.
On Wednesday, March 20, residents will have the first opportunity to get involved and find out more about the project.
The meeting takes place at the Withernsea Pavilion Leisure Centre, in Station Road, from 6pm to 8pm.
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David Burnby, Big Local project representative, said: "While the £1m is the headline grabber, what's more important is this programme enables residents to work in partnership with businesses and organisations and bring together all the local talent, skills and ambitions to make a lasting difference to the Withernsea community.
"The public meeting is the first step along the journey. We're optimistic of a great turnout."
T Local Trust – an organisation set up to deliver Big Local – will provide training to help residents spend the money.
A steering committee, still to be set up, will also receive a further £20,000 for administration.
Mr Burnby said: "All the decisions relating to the £1m investment will be made by a partnership, of which local residents will be in the majority.
"Our first big challenge is to identify residents who have a passion for the town and who want to get involved.
"There are different ways of contributing. Some people will simply want to be kept informed and attend an occasional meeting to hear what's going on.
"Others may want to volunteer to help out from time to time, maybe helping with running events or delivering leaflets."
Residents are also needed to be part of the steering group, which will identify needs and decide the priorities.
Jayne Nendick, of the South Holderness Resource Centre, in Withernsea, said: "These funds are here for the community to decide, but it needs to be spent on something which creates a legacy.
"It is essential residents come to the meeting to put forward their views and contribute to how they think the money should be spent.
"People will have a variety of ideas for their wish list.
"For me, it has to be spent on something which will create more jobs and opportunities.
"We have to look at things, which will develop opportunities in the longer-term.
"It has to be the foundations for a stronger community."