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£1 Million of Lottery Funding for Scarborough Estate

£1 Million of Lottery Funding for Scarborough Estate

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 2:04pm 29th February 2012.

Barrowcliff estate will see significant investment of at least £1m over the next 10 years through the Big Local programme, it has been announced today.

Barrowcliff is one of 150 communities across the country to benefit from the groundbreaking long term programme which aims to help local people to work together, identify issues while planning and developing solutions to make the area an even better place to live.

The announcement has been welcomed locally as it provides a boost for work that has already started through the ‘My Barrowcliff’ initiative.  This is a five year action plan to tackle local challenges such as improving the environment, reducing crime and improving local facilities.  The ‘My Barrowcliff’ plan was developed last year following extensive consultation with local people.

The process is being led by the North Yorkshire Coast Community Partnership and brings together residents and a number of organisations including Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire, Sanctuary Group, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes and the Safer Communities Partnership.

Local Councillor Steve Bairstow gave his reaction to the announcement:

“This is fantastic news for the residents of Barrowcliff and a real boost for the hard work that has already taken place.  The ‘My Barrowcliff’ programme is already delivering results on the ground, with more improvements planned, there is much work still to do and this funding will help all of us continue the improvement work we’ve started.”

Improvements delivered through the ‘My Barrowcliff’ project include the development of a BMX track and improved play facilities at Gallows Close, with further works planned.  New activities for children are being provided, with additional after school and holiday activities for the under 11’s and work is scheduled to start shortly to improve Jonno’s Field.

Residents are also benefiting from lower crime, as Inspector Tony Quinn of North Yorkshire Police explained:

“The work already done as part of the ‘My Barrowcliff’ project has seen significant falls in crime and anti social behaviour on the estate.  So far this year we have had 51 less crimes than at the same time last year and this follows reductions in the two previous years.  The officers dedicated to working on the estate are now supported by CCTV cameras and a community which is no longer willing to tolerate criminality.  This announcement will help to convince residents of Barrowcliff that there are further improvements to come.”

Barrowcliff Residents Association was delighted with the news, the group said:

“We are very grateful to the lottery fund for thinking of us as this will greatly extend the scope of what can be achieved in the My Barrowcliff plan and Barrowcliff residents will be consulted all the way when decisions are made on how to spend the money.”

Borough Councillor for the Woodlands Ward, Bill Chatt added:

“Barrowcliff residents have worked hard over the last few years and it’s nice to see that hard work recognised.  As a local resident myself this is one of the things I always wanted to see, this £1m spent over 10 years will make a big difference and hopefully deliver a renewed pride in the area in which we live.”

Jim Martin, Chair of the Gallows Close Management Committee said:

“This is a fantastic recognition of many years of work by people who have strived against the odds to achieve something realistic and meaningful.”

Organisations who are working together to help deliver the ‘My barrowcliff’ initiative also welcomed the opportunity.

John Hanson, regional director for Sanctuary which has invested £50, 000 for the delivery of the ‘My Barrowcliff’ action plan said:

“We are so pleased to hear that £1m is going to be invested in the Barrowcliff neighbourhood over the next 10 years – this is a real cause for celebration.

“The significant investment will add to the wonderful work already happening on the estate through the My Barrowcliff initiative.

“Sanctuary, alongside its partners and local people is committed to making a real difference to the Barrowcliff neighbourhood, creating a thriving community for future generations.”

Simone Wilkinson, Children's Centre Service Manager for Briercliffe added:

“This is excellent news, the ‘My Barrowcliff’ project has really brought people together to work on local projects and families are now starting to see real benefits from partnership working.  The volunteers have all worked hard and this injection of money will make a big difference to the estate."

Sarah Bird of Yorkshire Coast Homes agreed:

“This is fantastic news and is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by residents over the past few years in making a difference to their local area.  I look forward to working with the community and partners over the coming months, during what will be an exciting time

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