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Thursday 10 June 2004

10 June 2004


A host of Peak District villages will look brighter this summer after the Peak District National Park Authority awarded thousands of pounds to help improve local features and amenities.

The funding has been awarded under the Peak District Community Planning scheme, which has provided £75,000 to 17 villages over the last two years.

Historical features needing conservation or community facilities including benches, village halls, trees and recycling centres have all been pinpointed for improvement.

The latest grants include:

£3,000 towards the restoration of a historic water system along with a stone pinfold originally used for herding animals, at Birchover near Bakewell.

£2,500 for new benches at Fenny Bentley.

£700 for a wildlife pond at Hollinsclough in the Staffordshire Moorlands, which will help children learn about plants and wildlife.

£500 for the Bamford Arts Festival, which will take place in October and will provide artistic ways of increasing people's understanding of the nature and history of the village.

£320 to improve a recycling centre in Hathersage. The scheme will encourage young people to get involved and committed to recycling.

£4,500 towards the cost of windows at Bradwell Memorial Hall.

Peak District Community Planning is a partnership between the National Park Authority, the Derbyshire Rural Community Council and the North East Staffordshire Rural Regeneration Programme, with support from European and regional sources including the East Midlands Development Agency.

Village officer for the National Park Authority, Dan Yates, said: "There has been a great response from communities since the scheme started in 2002. The benefit is that it is driven by the local people who live in the village, not someone in an office far away."

A further £60,000 will be available under the scheme over the next two years. To apply for a grant villages must be part of the village planning network, and other conditions also apply. National Park villages that are not part of the network may be able to access grants from other routes to produce village plans and fund improvements.

A new village officer has been appointed to help residents formulate their plans. She is ex-policewoman and qualified town planner Adele Metcalfe, who has swapped pounding the beat in Stockport for the Peak District. Adele, 36, who lives in Hadfield, is based at the National Park Authority's offices in Bakewell.

Local communities wanting more information about financial assistance can contact Dan Yates on 01629 816258 e-mail or Adele Metcalfe on 01629 816375 e-mail

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