Hungerford rural development - where should the money go

on 03 April 2014.

Grants and funding for rural development in the areas surrounding Hungerford are soon to be applied for from DEFRA by the North Wessex Downs Leader local action group and they want to know from you where that funding would be best invested.

One of 64 across the country, the North Wessex Downs local action group is part of a Leader programme for a community-led approach to delivering the Rural Programme for England funds. The funding is designed to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the North Wessex Downs surrounding Hungerford. So far the scheme has invested around £.15 million.

Examples of some of the successful applications include a £50,000 grant to Saddleback farm Shop, Brightwalton, to turn its piggery into the great farm shop and restaurant it is now.

East Garston has a brand new cattery through a £33,000 Leader grant and the Aldbourne Youth Council had over £55,000 for its multi-purpose building called The Junction. And everyone who loves the Wilton windmill will appreciate the £16,000 funding which enabled two old shepherd huts to be replaced with a new – and weatherproof – visitor centre.

So, if you have a good idea to create or expand a business or community project that would add to rural life and which you think might meet the funding criteria, or if you have thoughts or suggestions about where this kind of funding should go, the Local Action Group would like to hear from you.

You can send any ideas to us, at Hungerford Townsite (we might even publish the best!), contact the team at www.northwessexleader.org.uk or call Dawn Hamblin at the North Wessex Downs office on 01488 680458.

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