Published: Fri 26th August, 2022
A series of projects have been chosen to form part of a £4 million investment plan in Charnwood to help the area level-up.
Charnwood Borough Council has been allocated the funding under the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and has developed the Future Charnwood Investment Plan.
The Council appealed for projects to come forward earlier this year and more than 50 applications were made.
Following a selection process, 10 projects have been identified in the Investment Plan which has been submitted to government.
The projects range from improvements to community facilities and parks, to town centre upgrades and support for young people. They meet the plan’s aim to bring a range of improvements for future generations.
Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: “We were clear from the outset that we wanted local communities to come forward with their projects and I was incredibly pleased with the response.
“We had over 50 applications and could have spent our allocation three times over.
“That meant we had some very difficult decisions to make to choose projects for the investment plan. We had to look at the benefits the projects would bring and how deliverable they are.
“It was not easy to choose the final projects as we had many outstanding applications. However, the ones we have chosen to put forward in the plan will have a long-lasting legacy for the community, environment and economy.
“The projects are also spread right across Charnwood.”
The Council must now await confirmation from the Department of Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities that it can proceed with the investment plan and funding will be released.
Ten projects have been included in the investment plan. The projects are:
Improvements to Anstey community facilities
Anstey Parish Council wants to extend the Jubilee Hall in the village to increase its usage by community groups.
New Multi-use Games Area in Birstall
Birstall Parish Council wants to install a multi-use games area on the School Lane playing fields to enhance the area for all age groups and abilities.
Sileby Memorial Park and Pavilion
Sileby Parish Council is intending to regenerate Sileby Memorial Park and Pavilion to improve the community green space at the heart of the village.
Expanding Mountsorrel sports facilities
Mountsorrel Parish Council wants to create new cricket and football pitches in Halstead Road to support the local sporting scene and ease the pressure on the existing pitches there and at the War Memorial Fields. The Council also wants to build a new pavilion at Halstead Road.
Living Wall & Charnwood Growers Fair Project
Love Loughborough has proposed an exciting project to transform an ugly concrete façade in Loughborough town centre into a beautiful living feature.
The façade above a row of shops in Devonshire Square would be covered in a Living Wall which would see panels of plants added to the building to grow and bring nature into the town centre.
Also, a weekly Charnwood Gardeners’ Fair would be held in the summer to bring more visitors to the town centre.
Regenerating Shepshed’s Market Place
Charnwood Borough Council is planning to transform Market Place in Shepshed by creating an open and more pedestrian-friendly space while retaining parking for shoppers.
Re-imagining Loughborough’s iconic Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum
The floors of the tower will be transformed with purpose-built units and flexible display cases for the museum’s displays. The project will also seek to inspire the next generation of Carillonneurs with the purchase of a practice clavier, the device used to play the bells in the tower. There will also a learning programme developed for school and group visits, a campaign to increase volunteers at the museum and a project to better understand the museum’s audience. The project is being led by Charnwood Borough Council.
Gorse Covert Youth Project, Loughborough
This project proposed by Gorse Covert Community Association proposes a three-year programme of youth support, including the appointment of a dedicated youth support worker.
The programme would facilitate drop-in sessions, workshops and activities as well as develop opportunities to improve young people’s, confidence, and capabilities.
Youth Sport Trust, in partnership with Active Together, has proposed the Generation Charnwood project. It aims to improve the wellbeing, life chances and employability skills of young people – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds - in the borough through sport.
Nanpantan Scout Hut
Nanpantan Scout Group are planning to build a new scout hut which will secure its future as a thriving group for young people. The new hut would also be available for use by the local community.
More details about the projects are available on the Council website: www.charnwood.gov.uk/futurecharnwood.