Com­mu­nity groups cel­e­brate £80,000 White­moss grants

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

FIVE lo­cal groups are cel­e­brat­ing be­ing awarded grants worth £80,000 through the White­moss Com­mu­nity Fund.

The groups fought off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 10 other lo­cal projects over the level of com­mu­nity ben­e­fit they will each de­liver.

The largest grant was scooped by West­head Vil­lage Hall which was given £19,734 to make im­prove­ments and en­cour­age com­mu­nity use.

The hall was re­cently taken over by the lo­cal com­mu­nity af­ter it faced clo­sure last year.

Ian Davis, trea­surer and trustee at the Hall said: “This will en­able ren­o­va­tion and im­prove­ment of the hall which will in­crease the life and con­tinue to pro­vide ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties for the res­i­dents of West­head and sur­round­ing ar­eas for many years to come.”

The com­mu­ni­ties of Craw­ford Vil­lage and Burscough will both ben­e­fit from awards of around £18,500.

The grant to Craw­ford Vil­lage and Pimbo Lane Play­ing Fields was the fi­nal piece in the jig­saw to al­low the £90,000 Play Park project to be­gin.

Burscough Cricket Club will use its grant to cre­ate a pic­nic and play area.

Gor­don An­der­son, trustee, said: “Burscough Cricket Club are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to re­ceive this award which en­ables us to con­tinue work­ing to­wards in­tro­duc­ing more of the lo­cal res­i­dents, school chil­dren and visi­tors into what will be­come our new pic­nic and wildlife area.

“This will be ac­ces­si­ble from the canal bank through­out the year and also links into the new path­way along the bound­ary of our ground to the vil­lage, with the re­cently in­stalled fenc­ing also pro­vid­ing a safe route for walk­ers.”

Quarry Bank Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion has been awarded £16,484 to in­stall two ship­ping con­tain­ers in the grounds at the rear of the com­mu­nity build­ing and trans­form them into a fully ac­ces­si­ble work­shop with ac­tiv­i­ties such as wood­work, bike re­pair­ing, me­chan­ics and fur­ni­ture restora­tion.

And Up Hol­land Parish Coun­cil is to re­ceive £6,060 to im­prove a stretch of foot­path in Dean Wood, in­clud­ing drainage and other work to make ac­cess eas­ier through­out the year and re­duce flood­ing prob­lems.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Cllr Barry Hale said: “Thanks to this grant there will be a fur­ther in­crease in the num­ber of walk­ers visit­ing this his­toric wood­land.”

The White­moss Com­mu­nity Fund is pro­vided by White­moss Land­fill Ltd, which op­er­ates the land­fill site in Skelmers­dale.

It has awarded grants to com­mu­ni­ties near the site each year since 2010.

Rob Rout­ledge, chair of the White­moss Com­mu­nity Fund Ad­vi­sory Group said: “White­moss Land­fill is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity and to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are pleased that by fund­ing these valu­able lo­cal projects the com­mu­nity fund has helped in the de­liv­ery of both these ob­jec­tives by fa­cil­i­tat­ing im­por­tant im­prove­ments to com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Visit www.grantscape.org. uk or call Liz Payne 01282 543775 for more de­tails.

Rob Rout­ledge of White­moss Land­fill Ltd

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