Lottery vote time is here again

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Despite the speed of the web, and my anal skim-reading of absolutely everything that mentions Brum, I still end up finding out things from the Evening Mail (or it’s 15 at a time, title only RSS feeds at least). Today I learnt that there are two projects in Brum up for Lottery Funding in one of these dreadful public votes (leading to lottery idol TV show).

Nechells Baths are looking for help with the restoration, the Lottery web-site says £1.6M (but seems to talk in the past tense) while the Mail article talks about two thousand pounds [Edit, as Dave Harte says below, this isn’t a vote for funding? I can’t make head or any other body part of it]. You can vote just with a click, without registering (think it looks at IP address, so if anyone was to continually reset their router and are on a ISP with dynamic IP addresses…).

There’s a link through to an organisation called the Birmingham Foundation, a charity I’d never come across before, they obviously do a lot of good work but don’t like to talk about it.

(photo by ray_wilkes2003)

  • This isn’t a vote for funds, this is a vote to recognise projects that have already received funds. Nechells has had its £1.6 milion already and has gone from derelict to swish in what it still a very deprived area.

    I vaguely recall swimming there as a school kid when our usual baths (George Arthur in Saltley) weren’t available. Of course we all preffered the modern, gleaming Stechford baths which at the time (1970s) had a high diving board and an outdoor pool. I remeber once finding a poo on the floor of the changing room though – almost put me off public swimming baths for life.

    Anyway, enough history – point is this isn’t a vote to give Nechell £1.6 million it’s a vote to say well done for winning it in the first place and bringing back into use a formerly delapidated Victorian treasure.

    Dave

  • Cheers Dave. It is seriously confusing, why would they instigate a vote for recognition? Shows how far you get believing what you read it the papers.

    Do they win £2000 more for having spent it well?

  • £2000 seems such a wierd figure doesn’t it? Hardly a prize fund total to make an exciting Saturday night TV vote-off showdown out of. Maybe they can pass it on to Moseley baths to get them started with their regeneration.

    Dave