Walk-about sees how Neighbourhood cash has shaped community

Wyre Leader Peter Gibson at the Commemorative garden at Claughton
Wyre Leader Peter Gibson at the Commemorative garden at Claughton
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Leader of Wyre Council Peter Gibson visited the rural east area of the borough to see how the Shaping Your Neighbourhood (SYN) project was benefiting communities.

Joined by Gary Payne, chief executive, and councillors Peter Murphy and Shaun Turner, they spoke to people about how the initiative could help address other issues.

Shaping Your Neighbourhood was launched in 2012 to allow communities to be directly involved in improving their neighbourhoods.

Since then local people have come up with creative ideas that have benefitted their communities in a variety of ways.

So far more than £500,000 has been allocated to community projects across the borough.

This includes more than £173,000 in Rural East and West combined, towards 24 projects in total .

They cover everything from community gardens and children’s play equipment to a support service for people affected by cancer and a storage facility for flood emergency equipment and supplies.

Some examples of projects the fund has contributed to is £1,200 to the First World War commemorative garden at Claughton as well as £800 towards the Stone Cross Gardens at Catterall.

There was also £3,000 towards a multi-use games area at Scorton and £5,000 was apportioned to build bikes out of recycled parts.

During the visit the councillors met Cabus Parish Council and Garstang Town Council.

They discussed issues within the areas as well as how the shaping Your Neighbourhood project could benefit communities in the future.