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West Berkshire Council awards £53,860 in grants for community projects

2020 - Playground equipment

Following a round of bids from Councillors, West Berkshire Council has awarded Community Grants totalling £53,860 to improve public spaces and facilities across the district over the next 12 months.

The projects include the renovation of a public garden with improved disabled access, play and gym equipment for schools and recreation grounds, path and lighting improvements for a school and a sports club, improvements for two village halls, the installation of a new bus shelter, and a solar powered, vehicle activated speed sign.

The grants were allocated from the Members' Community Bid scheme launched by the Council to pinpoint works needed at the local level. Through this bid program District Councillors submit proposals for projects in the areas they represent. The bids must support the priorities published in the 2019-23 Council Strategy, "Building on our Strengths," and be match funded, for example by the relevant Parish or Town Council.

The 2020/21 Members' Community Bid scheme is separate from the £43,000 Covid-19 fund publicised by the Council on 15 July.

Councillor Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, commented:

"We were very pleased with the high quality of the applications to the Members' Community Bid scheme to enhance public areas and amenities in our towns and parishes. The Community Grants will be spent on projects that will have long lasting benefits to tackle the needs of the District at a local level.

"As per the Council's vision, we are working together to make West Berkshire an even greater place in which to live, work and learn."