Part of the reason for this is that Downs Ward has no schools, and minimal community facility in the patch. The monies need to be spent in the community, but not necessarily in the ward itself as long as it will benefit residents. If you have an idea on how to improve Downs Ward then please let me know.
Schemes funded so far include:
* a £500 grant from Cllr Marge Harvey for new kitchen equipment and crockery at Rowlands Parish Hall.
* A total of £2,000 from Councillors Bob and Hilary Ayer, Julie Butler and John West towards the Petersfield Christmas light switch on ceremony.
* £750 from Cllr Onslow for new play equipment with a new safety surface in Hawkley
* £300 from Cllr Parker Smith towards art and craft equipment at the Little Treasures Nursery in Lindford
* £250 to the Heydays Pre-School from Cllr Thomas towards an IT Suite
* Cllr Saunders and Cllr West have put £1,000 each towards high-tech equipment at the new Alton College Technology Centre
* £500 from Cllr Cowper towards a community plan open day in Grayshott
* Cllr Cowper has also approved a grant for £500 for Grayshott Cricket Club for new nets
* Cllr Glass has given £293 towards a new ‘follow’ spotlight at Liphook Amateur Musical Productions.
* Cllr Parker Smith provided £300 to the Lindford Village Hall Management Committee to provide a public access cabinet for their defibrillator
* Cllr Thomas gave £500 grant towards new microphones in Four Marks Village Hall.
* Finally a £1,000 grant has been approved by Cllr Thomas towards a war memorial in Four Marks
More grants are in the pipeline too, including £250 each from Cllr Denston and Cllr Schillemore toward the Annual Community Christmas Fair in Horndean, a £250 grant from Cllr Drew for the Froxfield and Privett Over Sixties Club and a £325 grant towards the Community Support Laundry in Liphook from Cllr Mouland.