Another £1million available for community projects

Another £1million is being made available by Wychavon to support community projects that will have a lasting benefit for residents.

Councillors have agreed to run a fourth and final round of the Community Legacy Grant scheme, with applications encouraged from areas yet to receive funding.

Since launching in 2018, almost £3million has been committed to 27 projects across the district. So far 9 of these have been completed with almost £1.7million invested.

Projects Wychavon has recently supported include an augmented reality smartphone app to support tourism in Droitwich Spa, a community hub incorporating a café and shop in Tibberton and renovation of the Evesham Lock island building.

Brand new village halls have been built at Honeybourne and Whittington while Kemerton's hall is reaching the end of a major refurbishment. Drakes Broughton Village Hall is also getting a much-needed transformation. In Badsey, a piece of land is set to become new allotments, an orchard and a burial ground.

The grants are funded using New Homes Bonus money. This is funding Wychavon receives from the Government for every new home built and occupied. While most other councils use the money to support the running of services, Wychavon instead decided to invest a large chunk of it back into communities, so the benefits of house building are shared.

Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: "Through our Community Legacy Grants scheme we have been able to support many innovative and ambitious projects that are going to leave lasting benefits for residents across our district for years to come."

Applications for Community Legacy Grants must be made by town or parish councils but the project itself can be led by a local community group. Priority will be given to projects in areas that have seen relatively high levels of new housing development and have yet to receive funding from the scheme.

People should contact their parish or town council to discuss ideas for potential applications. More information can be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/legacy-grants.

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