Cash boost for East Northants projects

Cllr Adrian Dale pictured at Chelveston Village Hall. The hall has been given funding for a new car park and extension.
Cllr Adrian Dale pictured at Chelveston Village Hall. The hall has been given funding for a new car park and extension.

Village halls, parks and playing fields will all benefit from a cash boost.

East Northamptonshire Council is using money from its New Homes Bonus funding to improve community facilities and 14 community groups have been awarded £284,875 for a range of projects.

The Community Facilities Fund was set up by the council using money it receives from central government as new homes are built in the district.

A panel of councillors considered and shortlisted the awards and the shortlist was approved by the Policy and Resources Committee last month.

Leader of the council Steven North said: “We are delighted to be able to encourage and support legacy projects across the district.

“As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help expand and improve these facilities.

The projects will start and finish at different times but, over the next couple of years, we will see these new facilities taking shape.”

One of the successful applicants was Chelveston Village Hall, which will use the cash to extend the hall and improve the car parking and outdoor facilities.

Cllr Adrian Dale, clerk to Chelveston Village Hall, said: “The trustees are delighted with this award. It is the culmination of nearly 25 years of fundraising and means the project is well on its way to fruition.”