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Funding boost for West Wirral community projects
Updated 4:10pm Thursday 3rd April 2014 in News
COMMUNITY projects in Wirral West have had a funding boost after grant applications were approved.
Wirral West Constituency Committee had invited residents to submit funding applications for projects designed to improve the quality of life of people in the area.
Wirral Council allocated £50,000 to each constituency to ‘kickstart’ neighbourhood working, and a further £50,000 to improve health outcomes in each area.
The committee made its final decisions about which projects would receive funding following an online and paper vote during the last week of February. Well over 1,000 Wirral West residents took part in the vote.
Successful applications include a tree planting project in Greasby, Frankby and Irby, the annual Festival of Firsts arts event in Hoylake, and the Friends of Grange Hill’s plan to make improvements to the War Memorial in West Kirby.
Kylemore Listening Centre Luncheon Club will receive funding to expand their range of activities and Fender Primary School will receive funding to develop its school garden.
Other Community Fund projects include community allotments, local events, equipment for sports clubs and the work of Friends of Parks groups.
Public Health projects that will receive funding include support groups and luncheon clubs as well as exercise programmes and activities for older people.
Projects should receive funding by the end of March, with many expected to be up and running by April.
Cllr Jeff Green, Chair of Wirral West Constituency Committee said: "I am delighted that the committee is funding such a diverse range of projects and supporting the fantastic work of many voluntary, community and faith groups in the area.
"The public vote and engagement events were a great success in terms of getting people involved and l know that the contacts made as a result will lead to new ideas and action."
Further information about all of the projects which have been funded is available at www.wirral.gov.uk/wirralwest The Constituency team, alongside Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and other partners are now planning a further series of informal events for public services, community groups and local residents to come together and work collectively to address local issues.
The events are open to all and the first one takes place on Thursday, April 17 at Melrose Hall in Melrose Avenue Hoylake 7pm - 9pm.
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