£65,000-plus handed out by Big Society Fund

Neil Turner of Pedal Revolution at the former RAF Coltishall site where the new PedalPark will be se

Neil Turner of Pedal Revolution at the former RAF Coltishall site where the new PedalPark will be set up with a track around the airfield.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A brand new cycle park is among schemes helped by the latest round of Big Society grants from North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

A Big Society handout of £8,000 has been made to community interest company Activating, in order to help build a pedal park at Scottow Enterprise Park, formerly RAF Coltishall, which will be the region's only traffic-free cycle park.

The park will provide a space for recreational riding, cycle coaching and competition, to be made use of by cyclists of all ages.

The park is just one of a number of projects approved for grants, with more than £65,000 being given out by the Big Society fund.

Bodham Village Hall has been granted £7,000 to replace and upgrade its toilet facilities.


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A further £6,000 has been issued to Withergate Rifle and Pistol Club, at Worstead, enabling the club to reconnect its main electrical power supply.

Southrepps Parish Council has been allotted £2,230, which will allow the Southrepps Commons Trust to purchase and install a new storage container, along with tools, an alarm system and ancillary items.

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Sea Palling with Waxham Parochial Church Council has received a grant of £1,200, to improve access to both its church room and the Nissen hut.

Other beneficiaries of the grants include one of the region's football teams, a social services committee and a number of parish councils.

The largest sum issued was a £13,000 grant to Thursford Parochial Church Council, to allow for the installation of a kitchen in the church.

A grant of £12,00 has been put towards the first phase of renovations at Bale Village Hall.

The beginning of the renovation will see a construction of a new disabled toiled block.

Active Fakenham will be able to purchase a mobile health stall, three bicycles and several pieces of fitness equipment thanks to its £3,872 grant.

Meanwhile, Briston Wanderers Football Club was successful in its application for £3,000, allowing for the purchase of four new goals and a machine to mark its pitch.

Finally, a grant of £572 was awarded to Stiffkey Parish Council, which is to be put towards the fencing off of recently-let allotment land - as well as the purchase of a communal shed.

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick, cabinet member for the Big Society Fund, said: 'The range of people being helped by this round of grants is particularly notable.

'All ages will benefit and the diversity of the interest groups is very wide.

'I would encourage groups and organisations to put in an application for the next round. If you are not sure what to do, get in touch with us for advice, as we are keep to help as many groups as possible.'

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