Help for rural communities

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Four rural community projects in Erewash have received a share in a funding payout of just over £36,000 as part of a council grants scheme.

The council – which invested £250,000 in total for the scheme to run over four years until 2019 – launched the Rural Community Grants Scheme to provide financial support for projects that will benefit people living in rural areas.

The money is awarded to parish councils for the delivery of community projects.

Parish councils which benefitted were:

Risley with £9,161 to for lighting at the village hall car park

Sawley with £12,101 for the refurbishment of the lakeside car park, including new drainages, edging and surface

West Hallam with £7,000 for the refurbishment of the kitchen and appliances at the Community Centre

Draycott with £7,820 for an energy efficiency and security project at Draycott Community Centre

Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “The parish councils in Erewash work hard for their local communities in what continue to be financially challenging times.

“The scheme is open to them to support projects or work that will specifically benefit their local residents.

“The major investment we have set aside for this scheme is a clear demonstration of our on-going commitment to supporting our important rural communities as well as the two town centres we have in Erewash.”