How will you benefit from waste company’s money in Wealden?

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Towns and villages across Wealden are set to benefit from more than £100,000 from waste collectors Kier to spend on local projects.

Last week the Express reported how the £110,000 community dividend payment from Kier is a one-off, after the waste collectors missed or failed to collect rubbish last year. The money will be split between councillors and can be used for existing schemes or to get new projects started.

The dividend was discussed at a Wealden District Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday (January 29) where councillors agreed to approve the Community Dividend and agreed that ward members be asked to consult with their parish and town councils on how the funding will be allocated to community projects.

The Express can also reveal how much money will be spent in each ward.

In Alfriston the village will benefit from £7,545 while Chiddingly and East Hoathly will receive £4,927.

Hailsham Central and North will receive £2,379, Hailsham East £1,166 and Hailsham South and West £3,540. £4,618 will be allocated to Hellingly, £2,759 to Herstmonceux and £5,618 to Pevensey and Westham. Polegate North will receive £2,873, Polegate South £1,436 and Willingdon £4,309.

MP Norman Baker, whose consituency covers Alfriston and Polegate, welcomed the announcement.

He said: I hope that this draws a line under this unfortunate episode and that we see no further repetition of the difficulties that my constituents have had to endure.”

Don Broadbent, Lib Dem Councillor for Polegate North, said: “This is very good news for the people of Polegate. I will be working with local residents and the town council to establish how best to spend this money in the town.”

Wealden District Council Leader Bob Standley said: “I am pleased that the agreement with Kier will give a welcome boost to smaller projects at parish or neighbourhood level. I was keen that the funding we negotiated with Kier would be used to benefit the community and this is an innovative way of achieving that aim.

“Each of Wealden’s 55 district councillors will be responsible for identifying specific projects in their local wards with their parish and town councils to benefit from the Community Dividend.”

Further details of the scheme will be announced in the spring.