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Community projects across Furness are to benefit from a cash boost of more than £33,000

COMMUNITY projects across Furness are to benefit from a cash boost of more than £33,000.

Today Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Committee granted a total of £22,124 from four different councillors’ Local Member Scheme allocations – a funding stream that gives each local member a sum of money to support projects in their division.

Cllr Jane Murphy was given £3,000 towards a second-hand vehicle for Barrow Foodbank and £2,000 towards an automated payment system for processing loan and saving payments, for Barrow and District Credit Union.

Cllr Mel Worth was awarded £6,547 towards improvements to changing rooms and sports pitches at Earnse Bay Playing Fields, for Barrow Borough Sports Council and £1,299 towards a greenhouse and potting shed for Combe House dementia care home, Walney, to enable service users to pot their own plants and for storage.

Cllr Barry Doughty has £800 towards a portable speed indicator device for Dalton with Newton Town Council, in partnership with Lindal and Marton Parish Council and Askam and Ireleth Parish Council. A total of £250 was also given towards a defibrillator cabinet to be placed on an outside wall at the Temperance Hall, Ireleth, for Askam and Ireleth First Responders.

Councillor Bill McEwan was awarded £5,000 towards a minibus for Ormsgill Nursery and Primary School and £3,228 towards refurbishment of Ormsgill library.

In addition, Barrow Local Committee also agreed the following grants from its 0-19 years funding pot: £7,579 towards the Junior Business Leaders project, to enable school pupils, teachers and businesses to collaborate and work together on joint projects, £3,000 towards youth-based sessions by the Drop Zone Youth Project in Askam and Dalton and £700 towards the ASDAN project, providing support for looked after young people and those leaving care, who are not in education, training or employment.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton committee chairman said: “This funding will make a massive difference to our communities and provide a huge boost to a wide range of very worthwhile good causes. I believe the local committee plays a vital role in providing these grants and supporting projects in our areas and I’m delighted the committee has approved all these grants.”

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