NOMINATIONS are needed for an influential committee that will decide how to spend £1 million to improve a ‘deprived’ area of Uttoxeter.
The Heath Big Local project will give residents the chance to shape the future of the Heath ward.
It is hoped the investment, which comes from lottery funding, will tackle drug, health and crime problems and ‘create a cohesive community’.
The project’s steering group has spent the last nine months canvassing opinion on how to spend the cash.
A rehabilitation centre, cottage hospital and mobile x-ray unit are among the ideas put forward.
Nominations are now being sought from those wanting to join the Big Local Partnership committee, which will have the final say on how the money is spent.
The Partnership will consist of eight people, the majority of which must be from the Heath area.
The first members have now been appointed, with Lynne Shelton installed as chairman, Zdzislawe Krupski as vice chairman and Penny Krupski as secretary.
Vacant roles include events and publicity co-ordinators and all those wanting to put themselves or others forward are being urged to get in touch.
Organiser and Hawthornden Avenue resident Rupert Hill said: “It’s a massive achievement to have already got to this stage and we would like to thank the steering group volunteers.
“We’d also like to thank all the residents and organisations that have helped us with consultation, our Big Local representative Paul Lusk and borough council neighbourhood coordinator Sara Botham for all that they’ve done and will continue to do to make the Big Local happen in the Heath.
“The official launch of the Partnership will take place on Friday, October 18 at 7pm at the Heath Community Centre and all residents will be sent invitations closer to the time.
“A report will be handed out to those attending, who can feed back their views about what’s happened so far.
“The membership of the Partnership will be approved and people will be able to hear about what happens next.”
Anyone who wants more information on the Partnership or wants to put themselves forward is asked to call Mrs Shelton on 01889 592959 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who have ideas as to how the cash should be spent are asked to email email@example.com, complete an online survey at www.heathbiglocal.org.uk or send a message via the Heath Big Local Facebook page.