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By ALEX HURRELL, Reporter
Monday, June 11, 2012
More than £100,000 has been handed out to boost community projects across north Norfolk from a new Big Society Fund.
But there was disappointment for two schemes and a boost for a third when North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) cabinet voted this morning on applications to the fund for more than £10,000.
Sheringham Skate Club’s recommended bid for £30,000 towards a skatepark was knocked back to £10,000 while a recommendation to give nothing to Cromer Skatepark - which had applied for £15,000 - was overturned, with cabinet members voting instead to give the project £10,000.
Meanwhile supporters of the Wells Maltings Trust will have to wait for the outcome of further talks between trustees and NNDC to find out whether their recommended £38,000 bid will finally be approved.
The Wells application, towards a £5m revamp of the Maltings and Sackhouse into a hub offering a range of uses, was the largest to the fund which was launched this year using money from second-homes council tax.
Trevor Ivory, chairman of the Big Society Fund board, asked fellow cabinet members to support the changes affecting the skateparks because the fund had already agreed to give Wells Skatepark £10,000 and Mr Ivory said it would be fairer to treat all three the same.
The grants are conditional on the projects being properly-constituted organisations, having sites and planning permission, and having the rest of their funding in place.
Cabinet members rubber-stamped recommendations to reject two other larger bids, each for £15,000, by Fit Together in North Norfolk, and Visit North Norfolk Coast and Countryside, because they didn’t match the fund’s criteria.
Fourteen schemes for sums of £10,000 and under were given approval last month by the board from the Big Society Fund’s pot for 2012-2013 of nearly £500,000.
They included North Walsham Town Football Club which has been given £7,525 to increase dressing room accommodation and provide disabled toilets, and Stalham Brass Band, awarded £5,000 towards a project getting young people to play brass instruments.
Councillor Barbara McGoun, who represents Barton Turf, Horning and Neatishead, was disappointed that 10 of the 14 applicants were from north of North Walsham. She felt the southern part of the district was a “Cinderella area” which often missed out.
Mr Ivory said the fund was open to groups from across the district and urged others to apply. For more information visit www.norfolkfoundation.com