Have your say on decisions in your community

Participatory Budgeting arrives in Motherwell, Shotts and Wishaw areas...

Participatory budgeting

Communities in Motherwell, Wishaw/Shotts will soon have the opportunity to decide how public money is spent in their area.

People who live in these towns and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to vote on a list of projects such as new play areas, environmental improvements and ideas celebrating local history and heritage.

Voting opens on Monday 19 August and runs until Friday September 6.

To register to vote visit : https://nla.communitychoices.scot

People can choose how to vote; either online or by using more traditional methods.

Around £500,000 in public money is available; £150,000 for Motherwell and £350,000 for Wishaw and local people are eligible to vote as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • You need to be at least 8 years old
  • You must have a Motherwell, Shotts or Wishaw & District post code (including Allanton, Harthill, Salsburgh and other outlying villages)
  • Each person will be able to vote for four projects and all votes must be used.

Cllr Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "It's a really exciting development and a superb way for local people to play a fully active part in the decision making process.

"In this initial phase local people in the Motherwell and Wishaw localities will be able to vote on a list of ideas for infrastructure projects.

"After this pilot project then it will be expanded to include all other towns across the area.

"Participatory budgeting has local people at its heart as the ideas for the projects stem from the communities themselves through the locality partnerships.

"There are a number of ways local people can vote. An innovative new online method will be established through a new "Community Matters Portal" available on the council's website and other more traditional ways - for example ballot boxes will be placed at key local sites including community centres and schools and other public areas."

Schools will be heavily involved in this initiative which will allow young people to fully participate in democratic processes and there will be visits to local groups to encourage everyone to take part.

To register to vote on the "Community Matters Portal" please follow the link from the front page of the Council's website which will be live for registration from Monday 5 August

You will be asked for an email address, a username of your choice and a password. An email will be sent asking for verification information including your postcode and date of birth.

Once this information is submitted you are registered to use the site. Registration before 19th August will enable you to view the projects for your area and voting will be live from that date.

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