Ideas wanted on how to spend a million in the community

The Big Local REVOELUTION has opened on Central Drive, Blackpool. Pictured are, from left, Iain Girvan (Neighborhood Services-Blackpool Council), Angie Buss (chairman, Revoe Residents Association), Simon Lawton (project manager-Council for Voluntary Service, Blackpool), Clancy Mason (Arts Engagement Manager-Blackpool Council) and Alison Gilchrist Representative-The Big Local).
The Big Local REVOELUTION has opened on Central Drive, Blackpool. Pictured are, from left, Iain Girvan (Neighborhood Services-Blackpool Council), Angie Buss (chairman, Revoe Residents Association), Simon Lawton (project manager-Council for Voluntary Service, Blackpool), Clancy Mason (Arts Engagement Manager-Blackpool Council) and Alison Gilchrist Representative-The Big Local).
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How would you spend a million pounds?

That is the question being put to residents in part of central Blackpool, who are being urged to have their say on how they would like their everyday surroundings to be improved.

After receiving £1m of Lottery funding, the new Revoe Hub has opened on Central Drive and people who live nearby are now being asked about what they would like to see done with the money.

The cash is currently being held by the Local Trust and could pave the way for a number of projects in that area of the resort over the next 10 years.

Angie Buss, chairman of the Revoe Residents Association, said: “It’s resident-led but what we need is for them to come to us with any of their ideas or any information about what can be done, and what mainly needs to be done.”

So far a number of people have put forward ideas to the consultation, although nothing specific has yet been earmarked for further investigation.

They include proposals for community events and suggestions on improving the appearance of Central Drive.

The Hub is keen to spread the word about the project so more suggestions can be considered.

Angie added: “Some people don’t know about it and some do but don’t really understand it.

“At the moment we’re just collating everything, getting different ideas and we will move on after that.

“We want to make a plan so it’s spent in the best possible, and most sustainable, way.

“We can spend a million pounds and it’s gone, so we need something for the future.”

Julie Baskham, who chairs the Revoe Area Forum, believes some of the bonanza could be spent on improving the appearance of Central Drive.

She said: “At one time you could get everything you wanted on Central Drive.

“It’s just needs a spruce up because there are some great shops round here and great shopkeepers, but not everyone has that same pride at the moment.”