Wirral Council has today announced the availability of a £200,000 seaside grant that is to be shared between three locations in Wirral.
Today’s announcement indicates that the money is to be shared between New Brighton, West Kirby and Hoylake. The available money is to help the towns [villages] build on their heritage and take advantage of new opportunities to develop strong economies and communities for the future.
I’m presuming it is the same grant that I mentioned back in March, although the amounts are now different. How the money is split between the three locations has not be publicised nor what the available money is to be spent on. Councillor Andrew Hodson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning Strategy, said “these funds have been allocated by Government on the basis of need and, as every penny counts, we will ensure that the money is allocated wisely and to give the biggest effect to the local economy. One thing is for sure – we will enlist the help of the local community, who know their areas’ needs – to make sure the right decisions are taken.”
Let’s assume the grant is simply split three ways – what do you think the Council should spend approximately £66,000 on (within the guidelines of the grant of course)? I presume our local residents groups, charities and Community Interest Company (Hoylake Village Life) will respond to the invitation from the council to submit ideas. It’ll be interesting to hear how the grant will be spent.