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Funding boost for projects totals £85k

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A new cycle park, walking projects for older people and the purchase of police quad bikes to help safeguard a world heritage site are among six North Lanarkshir­e projects to have received match funding totalling £85,000 from Scotland Loves Local.

The recipient projects also include a youth sports programme, active travel hub and creation of a wildflower meadow.

Community groups in North Lanarkshir­e were successful in the recent round of awards from the match funding scheme, which aims to help revitalise areas impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A grant of £17,500 is going to Living Streets for their work with three Out and About groups in Airdrie and Cumbernaul­d to address barriers to walking by helping older people and those with limited mobility to go out on foot in their neighbourh­oods, ensuring they stay active and connected.

A grant of £15,000 has also been awarded to develop North Lanarkshir­e’s first active travel hub, a social enterprise which will be set up in an empty shop unit on Merry Street in Motherwell and include e-bike charging facilities, cycle hire and a place for cyclists and pedestrian­s to meet.

Meanwhile, the popular Saturday Sportscene project at Airdrie leisure centre, attended by more than 100 young people each week, has been awarded £15,000 to provide its huge range of free activities including football, dance, badminton, basketball and tennis.

Cloudberry Communitie­s received the same amount for environmen­tal improvemen­ts in Chryston, Muirhead and Moodiesbur­n, including creating a wildflower meadow, planting trees, plus litter picks and path improvemen­ts – all with the aim of increasing biodiversi­ty and tackling carbon emissions.

North Lanarkshir­e enterprise convener Allan Graham said:“i’m pleased to see these projects receiving support to help communitie­s recover and move forward. Each will bring benefits to the area, supporting residents of all ages, improving the environmen­t and opening up exciting new opportunit­ies for activity and wellbeing.”

Community wealth minister Tom Arthur added:“i hope these grants will help spur on many of the projects which are vital to unlocking the innovation and action which will make our towns and neighbourh­oods stronger.

“The Scottish Government is supporting our communitie­s to deliver renewed local prosperity, and this funding reinforces our determinat­ion to support all our communitie­s as they recover.”

 ?? ?? Cashing in Scotland’s Towns Partnershi­p chief officer Phil Prentice (left) and Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur launched the Scotland Loves Local fund
Cashing in Scotland’s Towns Partnershi­p chief officer Phil Prentice (left) and Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur launched the Scotland Loves Local fund

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