Community centre funding boost

A PROPOSED community centre for Framlingham was among the winners in a series of bids for funding from a district council.But there were losers as well as winners as Suffolk Coastal district councillors met to discuss how to share out grants from a limited pot.

A PROPOSED community centre for Framlingham was among the winners in a series of bids for funding from a district council.

But there were losers as well as winners as Suffolk Coastal district councillors met to discuss how to share out grants from a limited pot.

The grants task group considered a total of 22 bids for capital funding, including one from the Framlingham Community Centre Trust, which was granted £8,000 of the £12,000 it asked for – subject to getting Lottery funding. It wants to build a community centre on the site of St Michael's Rooms in Framlingham.

But St John Ambulance, which was seeking £10,000 towards its £300,000 plans to build a new first aid and community care training centre in Framlingham, failed to secure funding from the council.


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The task group suggested the body talked to Framlingham town council about the possibility of a joint venture with shared accommodation in the light of the community centre application.

The meeting, held on Monday, July 21, also agreed a grant of £1,200 for the Angel Theatre to help towards buying a portable dance floor for use by local dance schools and organisations, while Reel Dance Ceilidhs, which runs events at Saxmundham, was granted £750 towards buying public announcement equipment.

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The grant decisions can be called in up until tomorrow , but after that they can be implemented.

Burness Parish Rooms, which was seeking £12,000 towards refurbishment and extension work, was offered £4,800 subject to Lottery funding, while Felixstowe History and Museum Society was awarded £500 toward the cost of blinds to protect display and storage rooms.

Framlingham Tennis Club, which was looking for £5,000 towards the repair and resurfacing of tennis courts at Framlingham Sports Club, was given £1,000

But an application for £4,280 worth of funding from Friends of Eyke School to help provide a family reading centre for the local community was rejected.

Hacheston Doorstep Green Steering Group scooped £1,000 to help set up a 'doorstep green' including a toddler play area, playing field and nature conservation area.

Hollesley parish council was granted £1,000 of the £8,000 it was seeking towards a skateboard park, and the Landguard Conservation Trust was granted £3,800 towards installing toilet and kitchen facilities at Landguard Bird Observatory.

Leiston St Margaret's Football Club's application for £4,000 for installing a disabled toilet in the pavilion, and Melton Bowls Club's bid for £5,000 towards work on its club house, were both deferred for evidence of fundraising and a contribution from parish councils.

Councillors agreed to award £4,800 towards building new kitchen and toilet facilities at Monewden Village Hall, and £1,500 towards buying a new mower for Otley Bowls Club.

Otley Scout Group is to receive £1,350 to upgrade of the badly cracked concrete floor in its scout hut.

A bid for £8,000 worth of funding towards a 15,900 extension of Pettistree Village Hall to provide storage was deferred for evidence of financial support from the parish council and to review the cost of the scheme.

The 'Riverside' Stratford and Farnham community centre was awarded £4,800 towards a £90,000 scheme to build an extension to provide a new entrance, store room and lounge area, and a separate games room.

The new Waldringfield Village Hall gained £2,800 towards its plan to create a car park and events area.

Woodbridge Rugby Union Football Club's application for £3,600 towards rebuilding steps and installing a disabled access at the club house was turned down.

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