A CROSS party panel set up to review applications for communities to improve their environment has approved six applications totalling Â£185,865.
The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) was set up in February 2016 for Thurrock groups to apply for funding for use on projects that will improve the local environment and to increase safety in communities or on our roads.
The Frost Estate Community Association was successful in their bid, securing Â£126k towards road repairs. The association, formed earlier this year, has secured a 10% match fund from local residents.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, congratulated the six successful applicants but was disappointed he wasn’t able to be there himself.
He said: "As a cross party panel I think there is real merit in how this fund has encouraged communities to think about issues in their area.
“This is the first time the Council has run a grants programme in this way and I’m particularly impressed by how the Frost Estate Association responded to the challenge with excellent community engagement. Well done to all.”
Each application had to demonstrate how they support the council’s vision, and the community benefit from their proposal. In addition, the project had to be financially sustainable and improve the street-scene or local environment. Each applicant had to raise 10% of the total capital cost.
Cllr Gledhill added: “Grants have been agreed in principle so that the six successful organisations can finalise costs and project details prior to receiving any funds. We look forward to seeing the benefits in future months.”
For more details about the CEDF go to: thurrock.gov.uk/cedf
The six successful projects are:
The Frost Estate Community Association – Â£126,000 – road repairs on the estate
Belhus Park Scout, Beavers and Cubs – Â£25,560 – renovate kitchen and toilets to benefit young people
East Thurrock Community Association – Â£21,420 – Car park resurfacing benefiting those on the school run
United Services Bowls Club – Â£7075 – towards an improved access to their club facilities
Grays Baptist Church – Â£5000 – towards clearing and protecting an alleyway to keep clean and healthy
Thurrock Harriers AC – Â£810 – improved signage to increase safety