MORE than £28,000 set aside from a wind warm fund has been handed out to community groups.

The Cliviger Community Benefit Fund has been distributed to successful applicants by the Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) on behalf of Cliviger Parish Council.

The money was set aside by Scottish Power Renewables, who made a deal with the parish council after the erection of Coal Clough Windfarm.

The agreement will see money allocated to community groups for the next 25 years.

St John the Divine Church was awarded just under £9,000 to repair the church path.

The parish council was awarded £10,000 to renovate the RACA Park in Walk Mill.

Cllr Cosima Towneley, who sits on the parish council, said the play area was in need of urgent attention.

She said: “I’m thrilled to say the parish council will be able to use the grant money to repair the area.

“It’s a thoroughly used space, I would go as far to say it’s one of the most well used green spaces in Burnley and Cliviger.”

The organisers of the Todmorden Agricultural Show was given £8,520 to help towards running the event.

The cash will go towards toilet facilities, marquee hire, safety barriers, traffic management and a satellite link to ensure the show goes ahead as planned.

Janette Holden, fund administrator for the BPRCVS, said: “This funding is an excellent opportunity for community groups and organisations to get financial assistance for activities and services within the Cliviger area.

“Without this money these projects would most likely not happen at all.

“The fund enables the Cliviger community to benefit from developments and refurbishments to key locations around the village.”

The Cliviger Archives and Photographic group was awarded £558 to create a heritage information board.

The Cliviger Village Hall was handed £293.10 for its annual flower and handicraft show.

Since the start of the funding in 2016 more than £65,000 has been given out to groups in three rounds of funding. For more info call 01282 433740.