A NUMBER of successful Evesham community projects have been thrown into the spotlight during a tour.
Members of Wychavon District Council’s localism and community funding advisory panel recently visited Crown Meadow, Evesham War Memorial, The Bell Tower and Abbey Park Café to see how the funding they had approved had been put to use.
The projects were made possible by Wychavon’s New Homes Bonus scheme and contributions from developers, known as Section 106 contributions.
Crown Meadow’s ‘No Limits’ play area received almost £50,000 in New Homes Bonus and Section 106 funding, £10,000 of New Homes Bonus money was given as a contribution towards the refurbishment of the Evesham War Memorial and £50,000 was given towards the conservation work of the Bell Tower.
The refurbished Abbey Park Café and fish sculpture were made possible through £150,000 of Section 106 funds.
Wychavon has allocated up to 40 per cent of the New Homes Bonus money it receives from the Government to local communities, where new development has taken place.
Coun Audrey Steel, Chairman of Wychavon’s localism and community funding advisory panel said: “I’m very pleased we’ve had the opportunity to look at some of the projects the New Homes Bonus and Section 106 money has supported in Evesham.
“The play area is particularly welcome as it caters for both able bodied and those less able to play together. The café feels light and airy and is a delight and the new sculpture is a wonderful extension to the history of Evesham.
“The Bell Tower now looks complete and repaired and is another welcome example of how Wychavon can make a difference. With so many of these projects being so close to the river, their setting should make a day spent in Evesham a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of every age.”
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/localism for more information.