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Whitecross community hoping for cash boost

Iain Waters, Margaret Henderson and Brian Lang are spearheading the rejuvenation efforts. Picture: Michael Gillen (140264d)

Iain Waters, Margaret Henderson and Brian Lang are spearheading the rejuvenation efforts. Picture: Michael Gillen (140264d)

 

Villagers are keeping their fingers crossed that a cash grant is going let them follow through on plans to strengthen community ties.

The committee which runs the Power Station centre and Whitecross Action Group are joining forces to bring new 
facilities to a community many residents feel has been “forgotten” in terms of regeneration projects.

Among the wish list is a MUGA pitch for local children, new street signage to make the village safer and a makeover for the Power Station which will provide a better space for local groups to meet and hold their community events.

Some of the proposals will bring new jobs and the groups will also be pushing to bring better health services to Whitecross.

Committee secretary Margaret Henderson said: “Once we get things up and running through funding I think we can do great things to make the village a safer and happier place to live. The whole village is involved and we’ve got a lot more volunteers willing to get involved.”

Chairman Iain Waters said: “By the community doing this ourselves we are getting some community spirit going.”

A lot of the plans are dependent on a £25,000 grant from the Coalfields Trust which the community has bid for and should be announced in the coming weeks.

Treasurer Brian Lang said: “A lot of residents feel Whitecross is a forgotten village so it was up to us to do something about it. We’d like to thank the council staff who have helped us get to this stage”

Councillor John McLuckie said: “The council’s staff do a great job supporting community efforts like this and the ideas are taking off.”

 

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