SUBSTANTIAL funds have been awarded to two community projects in the region.
Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) has handed £29,854 to Pocklington Town Council towards the development of a play park on the Broadmanor estate.
The other local project to benefit from WREN’s latest decision making round is Sutton-on-Derwent village hall. The hall’s committee has received £6,886 which will be used to replace the building’s flat roof.
Pocklington Town Council, along with the Pocklington Play Area Group, has been pushing for a play area to be built on Broadmanor for about 18 months.
Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Graham Perry, said: “The council is delighted that WREN have been so generous in making this grant to us.
“It covers the majority of the costs involved. The small remaining costs are already budgeted for in the council accounts.”
The project is expected to cost about £34,000 altogether.
The town council’s planning application for the park was approved by East Riding Council last year.
The plans have angered some Broadmanor residents who claim the park would attract anti-social behaviour by giving rowdy teenagers somewhere to gather at night.
There is also a concern among some residents that it will be too close to the road, putting children’s lives at risk.
Other residents believe it will provide a much-needed facility on the estate.
Coun Perry said: “We do recognise that some local residents were originally worried about this development and that it may attract older children.
“Members of the Pocklington Play Area Group live close to this recreation area and will be monitoring it closely.
“We will be speaking to the local police to get their officers to monitor the local area.
“The council do believe it will bring clear benefits.”
He added: “This recreation area is part of a land sale deal between the land owner and the developer and it could only be used for recreation purposes.”
Coun Perry also said the town council has taken out a lease for the land.
No date has been set for work to start on building the play area.
Sutton-on-Derwent village hall committee is also delighted about their grant from WREN.
John Newlove, chairman of the committee, said: “It’s all part of the village hall ‘Sustainability Project’.
“We had a building survey done about a year ago to look at what we need to do to protect it for the future. This is the first stage of that plan, replacing that roof.”
“It is a big step forward.”
The committee also has plans to install solar panels on the village hall roof in the near future.
WREN, which is a not for profit organisation, awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK using funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund.