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Ribble Valley villages get grants for makeovers
8:00pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
JUST under £100,000 worth of grants are to be given out to improve Ribble Valley villages.
Ribble Valley Council have approved grants totalling £98,734 to enhance village amenities, including sports facilities and community centres. Earlier this year the council invited groups to bid for a share in the funding and 49 organisations applied, requesting a total of £306,000.
A total of 19 applications were successful. Projects which have been given the go ahead include £10,000 spent on insulation and refurbishment of Gisburn Festival Hall.
The Little Green Bus scheme will spend £2,500 to purchase a newer minibus for the Ribble Valley Community and save on maintenance costs. The Scheme project relies on members signing up to use a range of transport services, such as dial-a-ride and community cars.
Manager Donna Atkinson said: “It means an awful lot to us. Without us, many elderly people would not be able to get out at all. We are the only group in Lancashire that buys their own transport and does this on our own. We are very grateful.”
Also £10,000 will be spent on a floodlit multi-use games area in Whalley Whalley councillor Joyce Holgate said: “It is a facility that’s very much needed in the village.
“It’s lacking at the moment and I support this project.”
Projects awarded funding
- A new entrance at Bashall Eaves Hall to improve access for the community, £5,600.
- A community car park at St Leonards Church Balderstone, £2,500
- Planting of a Jubilee Wood at Dinckley with benches, £1000
- Upgrade Audio Visual System at Knowle Green Hall, £500
- Develop second phase of Grindleton Pavilion, £10,000
- Replace kitchen in Dunsop Village Hall, £7234.
- Purchase of projector for use in Slaidburn Village Hall, £500
- Replacement lighting in Read United Reformed Church, £1900
- Insulation of roof space at Wilpshire Methodist Church Hall. £5000
- Restore Kirk Beck retaining wall, £7,500
- Feasibility study on repairs to Salesbury Memorial Hall, £500
- Insulation and refurbishment Gisburn Festival Hall, £10,000
- Improved insulation Newton in Bowland Hall, £10,000
- Little Green Bus Scheme, £2,500
- Whalley floodlit games area and youth shelter, £10,000
- New toilet and kitchen in Ribchester Village Hall, £10,000
- Modernise toilets and refurbish Longridge Civic Hall, £2500
- Repair roof and new lighting Pendleton Village Hall, £10,000
- Pilot scheme to put defibrillators in community areas across Ribble Valley £1,500