Green councillor hails “Grant a Grand” scheme success in South West Edinburgh

A new “participatory budgeting” scheme in south west Edinburgh has been hailed as a big hit after more than 600 young people voted in “Grant a Grand” for £1,000 each.

Thumb Gavin-at-City-Chambers-close-815x1024At the finale on Friday 26 February, attended by the city’s Lord Provost and Government minister Marco Biagi, the 10 winning projects were announced out of 16 contenders. Winners included a “Parkour” scheme at Wester Hailes, bike and music projects at Tynecastle High School, football provision for young homeless people and local girls; camping equipment for scouts; and Gorgie City Farm.

Local Green councillor, Gavin Corbett, has championed participatory budgeting in the area for over 2 years. He said.

“I am delighted to see that over 600 young people, aged 10-19, voted and that such a wide range of projects both entered and were successful. There was a real buzz in the room as the results were announced today.

“I now look forward to this kind of scheme – where local people themselves vote for funding priorities – go from strength to strength.”