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Council grant makes community dream come true

Villagers celebrating in Flookburgh

[V]illagers are celebrating after being awarded a council grant towards the creation of new play facilities.

Families in Flookburgh have been working hard for the past 13 years to attract support and funding for their ambitious community project.

An award of £34,000 from South Lakeland District Council’s Locally Important Projects (LIPs) fund means villagers can now afford to push ahead with their plans to transform an area of land on Moor Lane.

Claire Welburn, trustee of the Flookburgh and District Recreational Charity, said: “After all those years we’re now allowing ourselves to get excited. It’s finally happening and we are going to get the facilities we need.”

The project is one of 16 new applications approved by SLDC in the latest round of LIPs grant funding worth £287,000.

The grants support the council’s priorities on the environment, housing, supporting the local economy, health and wellbeing.

Community groups, clubs and organisations such as local town and parish councils are eligible to apply.

SLDC Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: “These grants are proving to be a popular and highly effective way of supporting some excellent projects, like the creation of new play facilities in Flookburgh, which help local organisations and communities to achieve real results.”

Since 2013 SLDC has awarded 72 LIPs grants worth almost £1 million.

Work has already started on construction of the Flookburgh play area and villagers hope it will open later this year.

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