East Northamptonshire groups share £280,000 funding windfall

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Thirteen community groups have been awarded a total of £284,875 for projects to improve community facilities across East Northamptonshire.

East Northamptonshire Council is using New Homes Bonus Funding to support groups who wish to build and enhance community facilities. The projects all have a different focus but include the improvement of play areas, creation of meeting spaces and refurbishment of sports facilities.

Initial discussions have now taken place with each of the groups, and the grant agreements have been signed. The council Chairman, Cllr Pam Whiting, will visit each of the projects during the week commencing Monday, December 2, to present the cheques which will allow their work to start.

Each of the projects has a different timescale, with some expected to take up to two years to complete, but many of the groups are ready to start work straight away.

Council Leader Cllr Steven North said: “I’m really pleased that our initial discussions with each of the projects have been fruitful, and that we’ve been able to move quickly in making this money available to the groups so that they can start work. It’s great to be able to use the New Homes Bonus funding in a really constructive way which will positively benefit communities around the district, and I look forward to watching each of the facilities take shape.”

The successful projects are:

* King’s Cliffe Heritage - Convert listed 19th Century school room into a Heritage Centre - £7,530

* Chelveston Village Hall - Village Hall extension, Car Park & Playing Field - £35,100

* Rushden Town Council - Jubilee Park changing rooms - £50,000

* Irthlingborough Methodist Church - Refurbish & upgrade meeting rooms to rear of church - £20,000

* Rushden MIND - Purchase computer hard and software to provide range of interactions to address mental health issues and be socially inclusive - £5,400

* Wadenhoe Recreation Hall - Create a Paved area to the rear of the Hall to enhance hall which will be safer & encourage increase usage - £25,000

* Full Gospel Church (East Northants Community Services) - Community Centre upgrade Project. Installation of secondary Double Glazing; Carpet floor tiling; Expansion of Food storage facility (Food bank) - £18,500

* Oundle Town Council - Refurbishment of Fletton House to provide community facilities - £50,000

* St Leonard’s Church, Glapthorn - Creation of a community space & Information Hub within church by removing some pews, to include internal decoration, installation of an accessible toilet - £4,230

* Islip Parish Council - Replace of old steel containers & replace with new Sports Pavilion storage & car parking at Recreation Ground - £50,000

* Oundle C of E Primary School - Creation of a public community space in the heart of Oundle - £8,000

* Higham Ferrers Town Council - Sports Pavilion refurbishment - £8,715

* Woodnewton Parish Council - To replace old play equipment - £2,400