On 29 January 2014 the public voted on the different projects that applied for the first round of funding available through the Neighbourhood Partnership Grant Scheme. Voting stations were at Westside Community Centre in South Ham and at the Ridgeway Centre in Buckskin.
Voting took place simultaneously at the two community centres on the same day between 3pm and 7pm. Groups had the opportunity to promote their project through displays and talking to those voting.
Each voter indicated on a map where they lived or worked in the wards of Buckskin or South Ham. Each was given two votes to cast across two different projects.
A total of 122 voters (57 at Westside Community Centre and 65 at the Ridgeway Centre) voted on eight different projects that covered areas such as health and wellbeing, community, digital inclusion, physical activity and youth clubs. Altogether £11,950 of funding was sought. Only half the applications were for the maximum amount of £2000. The smallest bid was for £300.
Seven projects secured the public vote:
|Westside CA Youth Club||Education kits||£2,000|
|Inspero||Love to Grow, Love to Cook||£2,000|
|Buckskin and Worting CA||Older Persons' Club||£500|
|Romsey Community School based in Buckskin||7 to 11 year olds Tea Time Club||£1,850|
|St Joseph's Parish||Spirituality Garden||£2,000|
|Friends of Stratton Park||Picnic in the Park||£300|