Now spring seems to have arrived, our thoughts turn to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.
To mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne and London hosting the Olympics, we’ve set aside £50,000 for communities to hold their own celebrations.
Groups and organisations can bid for a maximum of £1,000, which should be enough for a few street parties across the district.
One of the first groups to receive funding is the Friends of Richmond Park. They are having a party on 3rd June, with a hog roast, disco, entertainment, a bouncy castle and a large celebration cake.
This supports what we are trying to do with our £250,000 Community Action and Volunteering Fund (CAV Fund) - available for activities that bring the community together.
And we can now reveal we are making £1.2 million available for projects in the district to look at creative ways of investing in community facilities, as many places across the district do not have a meeting place at all.
These three new funds are in addition to our Councillors’ Initiative Fund. Scores of community groups have benefited from the fund, including bowling clubs, youth and community centres.
With £2,000 for each councillor to spread around, there is a real chance to give help where it is really needed and appreciated.
For more about this funding see www.west-lindsey.gov.uk
A number of exciting projects are developing in West Lindsey over the next few years, which communities will benefit from.
• Investing half a million in super-fast broadband over the next three years.
• The county’s four councils are working under the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Unit, to identify the infrastructure needed to cope with a projected 40,000 homes over the next 20 years, including stimulating new business, industry and hundreds of new jobs.
• Dedicated councillors are working hard to research alternative energy sources that will give us necessary power, without wrecking our countryside or irretrievably damaging our villages and towns.
• Gainsborough will continue to get the attention it needs and deserves as our largest town. The Elswitha Quarter - the name for the area of the old Guildhall and the river front - will be in sharp focus over coming months.
Coun Burt Keimach
Leader WLDC & LCC Coun
for Market Rasen Wolds