Extra cash will help groups and projects - The Evesham Observer

Extra cash will help groups and projects

Evesham Editorial 6th Aug, 2018   0

COUNCIL chiefs have welcomed a £500,000 funding boost for a number of projects across the Vale which will help local groups across Wychavon realise their dreams.

Councillors on Wychavon’s Executive Board agreed the funding boost at a meeting last Wednesday (July 25) for town and parish councils to deliver a range of projects following recommendations from Wychavon’s Localism and Community Funding Advisory Panel.

Inkberrow Parish Council has been awarded £314,379 from contributions linked to planning agreements with developers to improve the existing extensive play and sporting facilities on the playing fields off Sands Road.

More than £290,000 of New Homes Bonus funding, money from the Government to encourage new house building in local areas, was also given the green light during the meeting.

Among the projects to benefit was Honeybourne Parish Council’s  bid for a new village hall which recieved £63,780 while a further £20,000 was handed over to Evesham Town Council to improve access to Evesham Arts and Sports Centre and Prince Henry’s High School.

The money approved by Wychavon will also unlock more than £2.2million of investment from other sources to help fund these projects.

Coun Gerry O’Donnell, executive board member for Community Development, Culture and Sport, said: “We believe the financial benefit of new home building should be shared with our communities.

“That’s why I am delighted we have approved this money which will make a significance difference to making these projects a reality and is a further sign of our continuing commitment to invest in our towns and villages.”

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