Good news for Wells and Sheringham schemes in Big Society fund handouts

A range of community projects are set to get a cash boost from north Norfolk/s new Big Society cash pot - but a handful of others are facing disappointment.

Fourteen schemes have been awarded handouts totalling �81,000 in the first round of small grants decided by a grant board made up five district council members.

They range from village hall and playground improvements to setting up a new town market at Holt and encouraging youngsters to play brass band instruments at Stalham.

Now the council cabinet will determine some bigger grants over more than �10,000 - with two totalling �68,000 slated for approval, but another three recommended to get nothing.

The largest earmarked for approval is Wells Maltings Trust's �38,000 bid towards a �5m revamp of the Maltings and Sackhouse into a hub with a range of facilities including a heritage centre, auditorium space, community cafe, youth area and workspace for small and start-up businesses.

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Sheringham Skate park is also likely to get the �30,000 it needs to trigger a Sport England match-funding grant to enable the rebuild of local skate park.

However a new skate park plan at Cromer's Meadow, seeking �15,000, is recommended for refusal or deferral because it is at 'a very early stage'

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Fit Together in North Norfolk's �15,000 bid to set up a North Norfolk Walking for Health scheme is recommended for refusal there was 'no business plan or evidence of long-term sustainability,' according to a report to cabinet today.

Visit North Norfolk Coast and Countryside's �15,000 bid to promote the local area for tourism also looks doomed as the main beneficiaries are commercial businesses rather than charities and community projects the Big Society fund seeks to help.

Smaller grants awarded are:

High Kelling Village Hall - �10,000 to rebuild lobby area to improve energy efficiency and visitor experience

Wells Skate Park Group - �10,000 towards capital needed to establish an area for skating, bmx-ing an scooting

Higginbottom Recreational Charity (Briston) - �7,645 for new windows and doors at Briston Pavilion to improve heat retention and security

North Walsham Town Football Club - �7,525 to increase dressing room accommodation and provide disabled toilets

Kettlestone Village hall - �6,800 to relocate hall bar in final stage of project to extend and re-order kitchen facilities.

Sheringham Mo Museum - �6,415 to create a History Hub at the museum for the benefit of townspeople and wider community

Hindolveston Recreation Ground - �5,712 to provide a range of play equipment for all ages

Southrepps Parish Council - �5,176 to buy two nest swings as part of a project to renew all play area equipment

Nancy Oldfield Trust - �5,000 to replace two oil tanks providing fuel for accommodation and motor cruisers at centre where disadvantaged people can enjoy Broads pursuits

Stalham Brass Band - �5,000 towards project getting young people playing brass instruments

North Walsham in Bloom - �4,824 to replace 24 half-barrel tubs with plastic models

Holt Community Centre - �4,000 to buy and install an electric six plate oven range and bain marie for holding hot food before serving.

Cromer and Sheringham Arts and Literature Festival - �2,050 to pilot a food and drink trial for Coast arts festival

Holt Town Council - �1,629 to pilot a weekly market in the town centre to benefit the local economy and increase footfall in the town.

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