Communities set to benefit from 70 new projects thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council funding

11 November 2020

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Notts communities are set to benefit from a £430,000 investment as part of a County Council scheme supporting local projects. 

Nottinghamshire County Councillors gave the go ahead to the latest round of Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) funding at a recent Communities and Place Committee meeting.

The Local Improvement Scheme continues to help local communities to be more vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations which seek to make a difference in the local community and contribute towards making Nottinghamshire an even better place to live, work and visit, particularly in light of these difficult times.

Refurbishments to sports clubs, new outdoor gym and play areas, improving accessibility for library users as well as for visitors to nature reserves and public gardens are among the 70 schemes which aim to improve the quality of life in local communities up and down the county.

Councillor John Handley, Vice Chairman of the Communities & Place Committee, said:

“I am proud that Nottinghamshire County Council has still been able deliver significant investment in this non-statutory scheme despite facing such unexpected and challenging circumstances this year

“I anticipate that we will be able to recommend a few more bids for approval in December, once we have completed further checks on eligibility and match-funding.

“The deadline for bids to the 2020-21 LIS coincided with the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown. Work on the scheme was therefore suspended in order to fully focus on the Coronavirus response.  

“This response of course included our separate Covid-19 Community Fund which provided urgent support to the fantastic work being carried out by charities, voluntary groups, faith groups to help residents during the initial lockdown – which has been reopened to further support local groups as they continue to respond to exceptional challenges in light of the latest national lockdown.

 “We resumed work on the LIS early in Autumn and have selected bids that meet the LIS criteria and have full match-funding already in place.  This means they are ‘ready to go’, beyond any unavoidable delays arising from the current restrictions.   

“Unallocated money from the LIS fund will be transferred to the Council’s reserves, which are vital as we deal with the ongoing pressures on our services caused by the pandemic.”

Some of the schemes set to benefit residents include

• An ambitious parish council scheme in Blidworth  set to receive £30,000 towards installing secure fencing, a new children's play area, skate park, football pitches, designated dog walking areas, lighting, CCTV and outdoor gym equipment
£20,000 which will be match-funded by Bilsthorpe Parish Council for two new outdoor gym facilities alongside existing play areas.
Calverton Parish Council’s plans to purchase and install new village gateway signs, village hall signs and information boards will receive £9,000
Collingham Football Club’s project for a new education and sports recreation building for the club and community will net £10,000 in LIS match-funding  
• A project to improve Gunthorpe Village Hall and Sport Field will get £10,500 towards improving heating, lighting, hot water and toilet facilities
Holme Pierrepont & Gamston Parish Council will receive £10,000 in funds to help install a new all-weather surface for a multi-user games area at Ambleside Play Park in Gamston
A Community Garden Project in Ollerton will receive £1,700 to develop an inclusive green space for local people to grow vegetables and fruit as a community activities
• To help make the County’s libraries even more accessible, several projects by Inspire will be supported by LIS funding including The Old Library in Mansfield (£3,687Mansfield Central Library (£4,382) Skegby Library (£1,046) Kirkby Library (£13,313)
Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club Ltd are set to receive approximately £6,200 towards installing new secure fencing and new directional signs  
Harworth Colliery FC, based near Worksop, will net £6,600 towards improvements to their football pitch
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will receive £16,000 to improve visitor accessibility at Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford
Beeston-based Trent Vale Community Sports Association will receive in £30,000 in LIS funding towards its plans to redevelop a derelict clubhouse which will include new changing rooms, toilets, a kitchen and a large function room.  
Retford Cricket Club’s project to improve pavilion facilities is set to receive £7,675
Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum Ltd will receive £10,000 to help improve their publicly accessible garden
Nuthall Parish Council will receive around £3,000 towards the installation of accessible steps and a handrail leading to the war memorial on the Basil Russell Playing Field
Keyworth Bowls Club will receive £20,000 towards improving  facilities 

The Local Improvement Scheme has a number of aims and objectives which include:

• Supporting local communities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax.
• Helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and community involvement.
• Encouraging the protection and development of the local environment and heritage
• Supporting Members in their roles as community leaders to respond to local ideas that bring community and economic benefit to the county.

This is the final of three annual capital funding rounds as part of the Local Improvement Scheme 2018– 2021. Organisations will spend the funding by the end of December 2021.

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