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Help for village post office to launch internet hub

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 13 February 2008

13 February 2008

Help for village post office to launch internet hub

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is helping a village post office to develop an internet café as a community hub.

The fund has offered a grant of £1,500 to help Rowsley post office diversify by setting up a three-terminal internet café.

Gary Shaw, one of the partners, welcomed the support: “Post offices are having to adapt to stay viable,” he said. “We see the internet as a tool to get people back into the post office. This will help local people who do not have internet access, as well as large numbers of walkers, campers and migrant workers.

“It will be a communication point where people can relax and interact, check e-mails over a coffee, access online goods and services and make cheap calls to friends and family around the world.”

He also hoped the internet cafe would become an access-point for farmers on Defra’s agri-environment schemes, and for jobseekers. It is hoped to be complete by the end of March.

The Peak District National Park Authority, which administers the Sustainable Development Fund, is keen to support rural communities to maintain their vitality through such local services.

The fund allocates £200,000 a year to local eco-friendly business and social projects.

Grants are allocated every three months by a panel of local people. Its chair, Anne Ashe, said: “We aim to help sustain the long-term future of the Peak District. We are particularly keen to receive applications that combat climate-change or help people to cope with its impact, as well as supporting services and strengthening links between communities.”

Other grant-recipients in the fund’s latest round of allocations are:

  • Great Hucklow Primary School – willow-domes project. The school was granted £560 to help launch this project, in which all the pupils will plan, design and plant an imaginative living willow dome for children to use in story-telling, nature work and imaginative play. In time the willow will be harvested to make hurdles and baskets.
  • Tameside African Refugee Association – community cohesion project. A grant of £2,500 will help bring minority ethnic groups together and visit the Peak District National Park, giving them confidence to visit on their own in the future.
  • Adventure Network – a Sheffield-based not-for-profit company will receive £1,000 for a feasibility study into developing top-quality eco-tourism activities that could enable more urban and rural young people to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the national park.

To find out more, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf, call 01629 816312 or e-mail sdf@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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