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Grant programme planned to tidy up derelict Fenland sites

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A site in Chatteris which was enhanced with Changing Views funding (10453918)
A site in Chatteris which was enhanced with Changing Views funding (10453918)

A funding programme designed to regenerate derelict sites in Fenland is to be launched by council officials next month.

The Changing Views programme offers grants for projects which aim to improve the appearance of boarded up buildings in towns and villages.

And an information evening will take place at Fenland Hall in March on Thursday, June 13, between 6 and 7pm, for interested organisations to find out more.

The scheme offers grants of up to £500 towards projects, or 50 per cent of the cost of projects worth up to £5,000 where volunteers or landowners are part-funding them.

A Fenland Council spokesman said: “We are keen to see more groups take advantage of the cash that is on offer.

“Improvements to boarded-up and vacant sites not only enhance the street scene and character of the local environment but they also assist in the conservation of town centres and help promote regeneration.

“The open evening is a great way to find out more about the grant scheme and how to apply, and I would encourage as many groups as possible to come along and make the most of it.”

Organisations including Wisbech in Bloom, Wisbech Street Pride and Chatteris in Bloom have previously benefited from the programme’s support.

Additional planting at the front of the village hall in Guyhirn was also paid for thanks to Changing Views funding.

To qualify for a grant, the nominated site must be visible from the street and be located in either a town or village centre, a gateway to a town or village within existing development boundaries or within a conservation area.

Any organisations which are interested in attending should contact Rebecca Robinett, the council’s Street Pride co-ordinator, by emailing rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk or phoning 01354 654321 before Friday, May 31.

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