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Liberal Democrats on South Hams District Council Win Extra Funding for Local Green Projects

March 26, 2021 9:18 AM

Oak Sapling John Birch, along with the support of other Liberal Democrat councillors, has won £3000 for each of the 31 councillors on South Hams District Council to be put towards climate change and biodiversity projects in their area. The funding was agreed at South Hams District Full Council meeting yesterday, 25th March 2021.

John Birch, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Totnes said:

"Following a Liberal Democrat initiative, a sum has been included in the Council budget to be spent on climate change and biodiversity projects and I, along with other Lib Dem councillors, have been successful in ensuring that some of this money is spent on local community projects.

"It will be up to local councillors to decide which of the local projects they would like to see their allocated monies spent on. The project will be expected to fit in with the Council's Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy and Action plan."

Dan Thomas, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Newton and Yealmpton, said:

"I raised this approach to the allocation of climate change monies at a recent meeting and I am pleased to see that it will be implemented."

"The scheme will act as an incentive for local community groups to come up with projects and hopefully attract other funding that can then be matched with the councillors' allocation. "