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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Barrow grants boost

MORE than £40,000 has been granted to a variety of community projects and causes across Barrow.

By Gareth Jones

Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Local Committee met on Friday for the final time before the elections in May.

The group allocated £44,817 from eight different councillors’ local member scheme allocations – a funding pot that gives each local member a sum of money to spend on schemes in their division, subject to approval from members on the local committee.

In the Old Barrow ward, Councillor Oliver Pearson allocated £5,502 to different schemes, including a contribution of £2,000 towards a neuro linguistic programming course for Bram Longstaff Nursery School and £3,000 towards Cumbria Multicultural Women’s network group in Furness.

In the Roosecote ward Councillor Ray Guselli handed out £6,543 towards three projects including £3,000 for Roose School and Yarlside School to buy equipment.

In Risedale, Councillor Kevin Hamilton allocated £3,780 out of £4,449 towards getting defibrillators for Fife Street, Four Groves and Abbotsvale Community Centres.

Ormsgill Councillor Jim Hamezeian granted £500 towards a new strip for Barrow Celtic under 7s and 8s football team.

In the Dalton North ward, Councillor Jill Heath handed £3,715 towards four projects which includes a contribution of £2,000 towards food, shelving and uniforms for Barrow Foodbank.

Fellow Dalton Councillor Bill Bleasdale dedicated £3,188 towards four projects which includes £900 towards getting lights up and running on the ginnel from Dalton train station to Hollygate Road.

Walney South Councillor David Marcus allocated £3,000 out of £3,770 towards moving the 30mph speed signs 75 metres along Biggar Bank Road and Carr Lane.

And in Parkside, Councillor Lisa Hammond spent £17,150 on capital works for the Oxford Street scheme phase one.

Cllr Guselli, chairman of the group, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to commit such a large amount of our local member scheme allocations towards helping some of these excellent local schemes and projects.”

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