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‘Big plans afoot’ in Whitecross

Iain Watters, Margaret Henderson and Brian Lang are spearheading community efforts to improve Whitecross. Picture: Michael gillen (140264D)

Iain Watters, Margaret Henderson and Brian Lang are spearheading community efforts to improve Whitecross. Picture: Michael gillen (140264D)

 

Work is under way to help a former mining village reinvent itself after securing cash for a range of improvements across the community.

Members of the Whitecross Action Group are now putting a £17,000 grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to use by spending it on a complete refurbishment of the Power Station community centre.

Some of the cash will also be used for new features to other parts of the village such as new planters to spruce it up and road signage for children’s safety. The current plans are part of a five-year community action plan and the committee say it’s only the start of better things to come.

Chairman Iain Watters said: “This is just the beginning for us. This money will go a long way to getting the things we want to do off to a good start.

“Some of our plans will create jobs too. We have got other funding applications in for things like a family support and youth worker to help organise community events and help local families.

“Work has started already on the Power Station. We’re just waiting on contractors doing the work now and we’ve had Community Payback workers in doing stuff in the back area.

“Work should be finished in the Power Station by end of April or May. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with our funding applications but big changes are afoot.”

The centre’s youth project also received £4000 and the primary school’s nursery parents forum got £2500 for a breakfast club.

 

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