Cambridgeshire County Council is again giving local communities a chance to have a real voice in deciding on highways improvements in their area.

The Council is inviting communities to apply for funding which has been made available for the next financial year, and parish councils, community and residents groups and charities are all eligible to apply.

Successful projects will be those providing highway improvements that benefit the local community. For example, better signing and road markings, pedestrian improvements, parking controls or dropped kerbs.

Applicants can seek up to £10,000 as a County Council contribution to their scheme with an expectation that they will provide 10% or more of the overall cost. The County Council is also offering loan facilities for those who wish to spread their contribution over 2 or 3 years.

The scheme is part of the County Council's move to help communities deliver projects that make a real difference in their local area but would not normally be funded elsewhere.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Roger Hickford, Chairman of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, said: "Local people are the real experts in knowing what they need in their area. This funding gives communities a real say on what they want and make sure it is delivered. We hope they grasp the opportunity for them to put forward ideas for improvements to the highway network that will benefit everyone in their area and to work in partnership with the county council "“ it's localism in action."

Applicants have until 12 September to submit details of their scheme and an application form is available online at: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/lhi

A list of recommendations in priority order will be made to the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in January with schemes expected to start in the new financial year 2015/16 "“ subject to budget approval.

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