Bolsover District Council has welcomed the news that Elmton and Creswell has been chosen to be part of Big Local that will see up to £1million spent in the area over the next ten years.
Elmton and Creswell have been pinpointed by the Big Lottery Fund as an area that faces a range of different issues, from the decline of industry to high levels of unemployment and crime, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.
This injection of Lottery funding will be managed by and spent by local residents and can be used on anything from starting up social enterprises and addressing unemployment to tackling local issues or providing more activities and services for people locally.
Bolsover Council leader Coun Eion Watts said this was great and ‘long overdue’ news for the area.
“What’s good about this scheme is that it will be completely resident led so it will be entirely up to people living in the area to use the money on the things that matter to them, and on projects and services that will have the biggest impact on their needs,” he said.
Local Trust will organise a Big Local rep to help people in each area pull together ideas for a plan to enable people to make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future.
Local residents will receive training and support to help them identify priorities and develop a plan for their area.
Bolsover Council’s local member for Elmton-with-Creswell Coun Duncan McGregor said, “Projects such as this epitomise partnership working and that’s something we have always advocated and tried to help nurture across the area. “
“So we will do all we can to help Local Trust bring together local people who have the talent, expertise, skills and know-how, to help redress the problems and issues the area currently faces.”
He added: “This is not just a short term thing as we have ten years to get this right. Ten years to provide a lasting legacy. Ten years to help improve the local area. And ten years to change things for the better.”
Visit www.localtrust.org.uk for more information on Big Local.