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£42,000 for North York Moors Projects


12:16pm 14th June 2013

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is celebrating £42,000 of additional funding for the area.  During the past four years the programme, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, has supported more than 250 community projects worth £2.6 million in 161 villages.  Projects are extremely varied and have included practical improvements to community halls, rural skills apprenticeships, and even turning a phone box into a mini village library! 

The extra funds have been fully committed to local projects including a number of Small Scale Enhancement Scheme projects in the National Park and East Cleveland and a new community games facility in Loftus.

Horse riders, cyclists and walkers are all set to benefit from improvements to pathways in the National Park.  Part of the extra money will pay for a new bridge over the River Esk near Westerdale, replacing a ford that currently cannot be crossed at times of high water.  The bridge will link local bridleways and the Esk Valley Walk so it can be used all year round.

An ancient road from Robin Hood’s Bay to Seggymire will also benefit from renovation work so that riders, cyclists and walkers can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, including ancient woodlands, as well as providing an important link between the local communities of Sleights, Ugglebarnby, Littlebeck and Sneaton. 

The current LEADER Programme is due to finish at the end year but the LEADER Executive Group and local partners are hoping to build upon the successful foundations by developing a future programme for the area which will operate from 2015 onwards.

Peter Spencer, Chair of the LEADER Executive Group said:

“We’re delighted to have received these extra funds.  They are an enormous boost to our local communities and will make a real difference.  There is also now a huge opportunity to work together with local communities as well as partner organisations to start building our LEADER programme for the future.  It’s an exciting time and we’ll be looking to consult with local residents and groups during the next year.”

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