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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Distington residents say how they would spend £1million cash

Distington villagers will be given at least £1 million to spend on schemes that could transform their community.

The area is getting the money from a cash pot aimed at supporting ‘forgotten’ communities.

And the village community will have the power to decide how it is spent.

The money comes as part of a £200m Big Lottery Fund scheme to support areas with social and economic problems which have been overlooked for funding in the past.

Distington is one of 50 places to receive the funding in the latest round of grants. Seventeen of these are in the North West.

Examples of projects supported by the cash in other areas include training and education schemes, improving housing, tackling anti-social behaviour or providing more activities for young people.

Elaine Woodburn, Copeland council leader, said: “It is great for Distington. They have got some really strong community groups already and I am sure they will come together and spend the money wisely.”

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund chairman, said: “Through our long-term funding, commitment, training and support over at least the next 10 years we will redress the balance, giving them the power, confidence and ability to spend this funding in the ways that matter most to their community.”

Edwina Postlethwaite, 62, of Church Road, said: “We were delighted to hear that Distington was getting the money. It could be used to do so much for the community including providing more places for the kids to go.”

Hazel McKenzie, 33, of Main Street, said: “I would like to see the money spent on something for younger babies and toddlers. Maybe a place where mum’s and babies could meet on a regular basis.”

Councillor John Bowman, who represents the village on Copeland council, said: “All of the community will benefit especially young people without jobs.”

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