‘Big Society’ cash hand-out for Fernhurst

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FERNHURST is among nine communities across West Sussex which are set top receive ‘Big Society’ funding from the county council.

The authority has agreed to spend a total of £103,145 on the successful applications.

At Fernhurst villagers have been given a £15,000 boost to their project to install a new football pitch at the recreation ground forming a hub for the village and increasing membership of the sporting facility.

Milland Community Shop, which was officially opened last year, has also been given a cash injection of £7,500 towards making the venture more sustainable.

Michael Brown, cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “We feel confident that satisfying these requests for funding will make a long lasting difference to these communities.

“The success of these bids for funding reflect shining examples of the aspirations, initiatives and commitment of local people to play a significant part in the future well-being and prosperity of their communities in a sustainable way.

“We look forward to the day when each of these proposals become a reality and residents start to see the benefits.”

Other projects include £20,000 towards a creative therapies scheme for vulnerable people in Shoreham, £9,000 for Arundel Bowls Club towards expanding its car park and £5,800 for an outdoor gym at the Woodlands Recreation Ground in Rustington.

The council has now spent £239,295 of its current year’s £240,000 ‘Big Society’ fund allocation.