Areas identified for £1m Sompting funds

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IMPROVING parks and open spaces and increasing the number of facilities for children have been identified as priorities for £1 million funding aimed at regenerating Sompting.

The suggestions were made during a family fun morning held at the Harriet Johnson Centre, in Loose Lane, in April by Big Local, which is investing the money into Sompting over the next 10 years.

On the day, children were kept busy by local company Play Mosaic, and played with sand, handicrafts and outdoor games, despite the cold, rainy weather.

At the same time, more than 30 parents and grandparents were able to discuss their ideas on how to spend the £1 million awarded to Sompting residents by Big Local.

The main areas for improvements discussed were improvements to parks and open spaces, increased numbers of activities in the area, and more facilities for children and younger people.

Jim Boot, the Big Local rep for Sompting, said: “This event was planned by the new Sompting Big Local residents’ group to engage with some of the parents of the youngest of the community. In this, the group was successful and we now have more ideas where the community would like to spend some of the monies, as well as more residents willing to join in and help out.”

Also present on the day were representatives from Boundstone Nursery, the Sompting Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Planning Group and Action in Rural Sussex.

The funding will next be discussed at a meeting which will be held in the next few weeks.

Big Local is funded through a £200m Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by the Local Trust,

Big Local, a £200 million investment, was launched by the Big Lottery Fund in July, 2010, to support 150 small urban and rural communities to come together to make their areas even better places to live.

Managed by the Local Trust, Big Local targets areas which may not have been successful in gaining funding in the past.

Each Big Local area is receiving at least £1 million Lottery funding over the next 10 years, along with support, training, and networking opportunities, to help residents develop plans to improve their area and find solutions that work for their community..

More information on Big Local is available online, at www.localtrust.org.uk