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Saturday, 04 July 2015

Community groups in Millom and Copeland get £110,000 boost

COMMUNITY groups in Millom and Copeland will get a £110,000 boost after county councillors gave the thumbs up for new funding.

By Jonathan Humphries

The majority of the cash comes from Copeland Local Committee's 2012/13 local member scheme which allows each councillor to spend £10,000 on projects that will benefit their local community.

Totalling £60,539, the local members' scheme include £5,580 to for fencing around the play area at Moor Row Primary School, £5,000 for a programme of dropped kerbs in Millom, and £4,000 towards the restructuring of Thornhill Social Club's roof.

The local committee approved the following local member schemes:

- £900 to Mirehouse Residents Group for an intergenerational IT project and a laptop to support an apprenticeship from the Mirehouse division

- £5,000 for a programme of dropped kerbs in Millom and a speed sign in Haverigg from the Millom division

- £1,600 for a dropped kerb scheme in Egremont, from the Cleator Moor

- £4,000 to Thornhill Social Club towards roof restructuring from the Gosforth and

- £4,157 to Bransty Primary School for IPads from the Bransty division

- £5,324 to St James Infant School for Audio Visual Equipment from the Bransty division

- £5,580 to Moor Row Primary School for fencing around the school play area from the St Bees and Egremont division

- £7,700 to enhance the signing at Fairladies, St Bees from the St Bees and Egremont division

- £8,500 to St Begh’s Catholic Junior School to create a Multimedia Room from the Hillcrest division

- £1,500 to Eskdale Parish Council to renovate the War Memorial at Dalegarth from the Seascale and Whicham division

- £8,000 to Millom School for a new pool blanket and maintenance at Millom Swimming Pool from the Seascale and Whicham division

- £1,500 for repairs to windows and doors at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Bootle from the Seascale and Whicham division

- £2,149 to replace the felt roof with slate on Bootle Village Hall from the Seascale and Whicham division

- £2,148 to Whicham Parish Council for repairs to the car park next to Whicham Parish

- £2,481 to Groundwork North East towards the cost of the Distington Area Environmental Improvements Project, from the Distington and Moresby division.

Councillors also agreed to the following £54,964 of funding from Copeland Local Committee:

- £2,000 to Lakes Alive for support for a tour to locations across Copeland in August 2013. Details are still being finalised but one option is an evening event at Muncaster Castle.

- £1,000 to Cumbria CVS, to support the delivery of their funding fairs during 2013

- £4,200 to Cleator Moor and District Credit Union, to support improvements to the three Copeland credit unions’ services, including improved websites.

- £10,000 to the Allerdale and Copeland Children in Care Council.

- £20,000 to the initiation of an apprenticeship scheme in Copeland during 2013-14.

- £1,500 to the Joseph and Eleanor Gunson Almshouse Trust towards the cost of essential work to the surface and foul water drainage system.

- £1,600 to the Independent Community Autism Activity Network towards the cost of the 2013 activity programme.

- £2,400 to Copeland Canoe Club towards the cost of new equipment.

- £3,500 to Copeland Rugby League Development Foundation towards the cost of school festivals during 2013.

- £3,456 to Cumbria-Rungwe Community Link towards the cost of training and team building activities.

- £4,308 to Young Cumbria to cover the cost of activities at static youth clubs in Copeland.

Cllr Frank Morgan, chairman of Copeland Local Committee, said: “All of this funding is an important element of the Local Committee. It gives councillors the chance to support worthwhile schemes – and these projects will benefit local communities in both the short and long-term.”

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