PEOPLE in Teesdale are being urged to attend a public meeting to discuss ideas for spending a £200,000 Government grant.

Community leaders in Evenwood and Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, have organised the meeting to give people their say on how the seven-year grant should be used.

The money will come from the Government's Single Regeneration Budget.

Organisers hope the meeting, later this month, will be well-attended and provide community leaders with a clear idea about how the public want the grant money to be spent.

Bob Bolden, chairman of the Evenwood and Ramshaw Partnership, said: "Although the money is split over seven years, it will enable us to improve facilities in this community, and hopefully this public meeting will give us plenty of ideas.

"The money is there to help the community as a whole, and it is important that residents have plenty of input. This meeting will also give residents the chance to ask questions and tell us about any extra facilities they would like."

The meeting will be held at Evenwood and Ramshaw Community Centre, next Monday, at 7pm