£1m grant will help fund community projects and improve life in Palfrey

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By Walsall Advertiser | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 09:20

RESIDENTS in Palfrey had a million reasons to celebrate this week after being awarded a bumper lottery grant.

The town's £1 million cash boost, awarded under the Big Lottery Fund's 'Big Local scheme', will go towards community projects and services for improving the lives of residents and making the area a better place to live.

A local panel will now be set up to work with residents and groups in the area south of Walsall town centre bordered by Broadway West, Weston Street, West Bromwich Street, Corporation Street and Wednesbury Road.

The Big Lottery Fund is also expected to appoint an independent chair to head up the panel that will help share out the money over the next 10 years.

Carl Rice, chair of Walsall Voluntary Action which helped support Walsall Council in securing the funding, said the cash would have a 'huge impact' on the area.

"I'm delighted to hear Palfrey has been selected to benefit from The Big Local scheme," he said.

"I have no doubt it will have a huge impact on bringing people and groups together to build an even stronger and much improved local community."

Residents and community groups will be able to apply for a share of the million-pound pot of cash for a host of projects that matter most to them.

Key issues for the area, as set out in Walsall South Area Partnership, include tackling crime and antisocial behaviour, creating clean streets and open spaces, improving educational achievement, road maintenance and traffic flow, and tackling drug dealers and sex workers.

Councillor Ian Shires, Walsall Council Coalition portfolio holder for community engagement and voluntary sector, said: "This is great news for the area and a real opportunity for residents and local organisations to come together to pool their talent, ambitions, skills and energy to make a positive and lasting difference to their communities.

"As well as the money, residents will also receive training and support to help them identify priorities and develop a plan to bring about real improvements in the things that matter most to them."



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