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Hambleton Leader Grant Scheme Proves A Success

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4:42pm 5th March 2014
(Updated 4:43pm 5th March 2014)

The Hambleton Small Scale Enhancement Scheme which was launched in November 2012, has supported seven local communities with small projects to enhance basic services, promote village renewal or upgrade and conserve rural heritage across the District.

“The aim of the scheme was to co-ordinate the delivery of a series of small scale interventions that together would make a significant contribution to village renewal and the conservation and enhancement of rural heritage,” said Hambleton District Council’s Portfolio Holder, Councillor Nigel Knapton

“With a total of £20k available the project sought to support a range of actions including village and environmental enhancement schemes, community activities and village events to raise awareness of local heritage.”

The LEADER funding was made available  through the Rural Development Programme for England which is jointly financed by Defra and the European Union -  £19,394 has been spent by projects which together have a total project cost of £28,490:-

  • Work has been completed on the ‘Path to Success’ project, situated at the Hillside Rural Activities Park close to the villages of Borrowby and Knayton near Thirsk.  The project was awarded £3,500 to install a pathway that has ensured the community’s new sports and scouts facility can be accessed by everyone in the community.
  • Ingleby Arncliffe received £2,850  for the installation of an oak frame lectern and display panel containing local art work, along with an oak noticeboard and an attractive ‘Welcome to Ingleby Arncliffe’ sign.   
  • In Husthwaite, a grant of £4,000 enabled the Parish Council to purchase and install fitness equipment specifically manufactured for outdoor use.
  • Oulston Parish Meeting was awarded £2,488 towards the cost of repairing the perimeter wall to Newburgh Priory, a stately home which stands on the site of an Augustinian priory founded in 1145.
  • The Kirkby & Great Broughton Local History Group used £1,906.29 to establish a ‘community research’ facility that has allowed residents to undertake genealogical research.
  • a community grass cutter was purchased for Nether Silton cricket club to be used by the volunteers to help to maintain the village green, the local cricket pitch and grass verges.
  • And in the village of Crayke the Scheme supported the refurbishment of steps in keeping with the original character leading up to a 12th century church .

The North York Moors, Coast & Hills Executive is now in a period of transition and is now looking ahead to co-ordinate a future funding programme between 2015-2020, with the emphasis on support for economic growth, community resilience and the environment.

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