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Brinscall river footpath benefits from quarry fund
4:23pm Friday 18th September 2009 in Brinscall
A community project across in Brinscall has received a cash windfall to improve a river footpath.
Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, has been offered £15,000 towards a new footpath beside the Goit waterway at Brinscall.
The new 600m long path will be suitable for disabled users in wheelchairs and mobility scooters and will link a new bridleway with the Railway Park in Brinscall.
Money from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund is available to support projects in communities that are worst affected by the impact of nearby quarrying. Parish councils, schools and community groups are among those invited to apply for money from the fund each year.
The fund is drawn from a tax on quarrying operators nationally, and Lancashire is one of the top producers of aggregate in the UK.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) asked the county council's environmental projects team to deliver the funding to communities most affected by quarrying activity.
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