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Become a Zero Hero and have your say in how to spend money in your area

Wednesday 07 May 2014

Lewes District Council is launching a series of events to explain how local communities can spend any winnings from the £40,000 Zero Heroes Community Prize Fund, which aims to encourage people to recycle, reuse and reduce household waste.

The Democratic Society will host an event in Kingston on Friday, 9th May at the Kingston Parish Hall at 6.30pm.

The ‘How to spend it events’ form part of the Zero Heroes campaign in which residents have a chance to win a share of £40,000 for their community that they can put towards a local project.

The events are part of an open process for residents to have their say about which projects they would like the money spent on.  The projects with the most votes will be funded from the Zero Heroes Community Competition prize fund.

The event gives a chance for the people of Kingston to come together, think how to reduce waste and decide for which community projects any prize money should be used. If the competition ended today, Kingston would get £13,462.  This total can go up if waste is reduced - or down if waste increases.  Residents will be able to submit ideas beforehand, at http://Kingston.yrpri.org, and the community can budget and prioritize to ensure that the village invests in projects about which the people of Kingston really want and care.

Go to www.zeroheroes.me to find out more about the competition, register for the event and submit ideas for funding.

Anthony Zacharzewski, chief executive of the Democratic Society, said: “These events are just the start of potentially a much bigger process whereby people can work together to improve their communities.

"Every idea submitted will be considered and even the ones that don’t get funding from the Zero Heroes Community Prize fund will be given ideas for finding support.”

For more information visit: http://zeroheroes.me/how-to-spend-it-events/ or contact the Democratic Society on lewes@demsoc.org.