Groups land grants bo­nanza

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Linzi Wat­son

Com­mu­nity groups in­West Dun­bar­ton­shire have been handed more than £91,000 in fund­ing.

The grants, from the coun­cil, will be used to sup­port projects in­clud­ing up­grad­ing sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­stalling flood­light­ing at sports pitches, buy­ing com­puter equip­ment, in­stalling benches and de­liv­er­ing greenspace projects.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions funded in­clude Age Con­cernVale of Leven who will use the cash to buy a new boiler for their hol­i­day home.

Eva McKel­lar from the group said: “We plan to use the money to in­stall a new boiler in the group’s car­a­van at Se­ton Sands.The car­a­van is a very pop­u­lar re­source and used by mem­bers and their fam­i­lies for much needed respite and qual­ity fam­ily time for our mem­bers to spend time with their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Linda Adam, fromThe Friends of Le­ven­grove Park, said they will use the fund­ing, from the Com­mu­nity Bud­get, to de­velop an or­chard in Le­ven­grove Park.

She said:“The idea for a Com­mu­nity Or­chard came from con­sul­ta­tions and sur­veys un­der­taken with users of Le­ven­grove Park over re­cent years.

“Be­ing able to ap­ply for and se­cure fund­ing has been great for the group and goes a long way in demon­strat­ing the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to en­gag­ing with and in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity in the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of lo­cal ser­vices.”

The coun­cil re­ceived 87 ap­pli­ca­tions for the Com­mu­nity Bud­get­ing Fund and 76 groups pre­sented their ideas to res­i­dents in their neigh­bour­hoods at eight sep­a­rate events held over three weeks in Novem­ber.

Res­i­dents voted for the projects they thought would best ben­e­fit their area.

A to­tal of 350 res­i­dents at­tended and 270 res­i­dents were in­volved in the vot­ing.

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