Norfolk

Norfolk community building projects share £2m funding

People at Whitlingham Boathouse
Image caption £80,000 will go towards the Whitlingham Boathouse project

Thirty-nine community building projects in Norfolk have been awarded a share of almost £2m.

Between £9,000 and £100,000 is being given to groups whose projects would be a "significant benefit" to the local community and were "shovel ready".

Whitlingham Boathouse, Diss Rugby Club, Sheringham Little Theatre and the Great Yarmouth and Leisure Trust have all been awarded funds.

The money comes from Norfolk County Council's Community Construction Fund.

Max Heron, chairman of the Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation, said his group's £80,000 would bring the completion of the rowing and canoeing facility in Whitlingham Country Park "finally in sight".

'Outstanding' facilities

"Our fantastic new boathouse facility is vital to the local community as it is being used by a number of local schools, clubs, charities and community groups," he said.

"It will provide outstanding community sporting facilities for able and disabled users of all ages."

The Phoenix community swimming pool in Bradwell will benefit from £97,492 of improvements.

Edwina Wright, from operator Great Yarmouth and Leisure Trust, said: "The building is nearly 40 years old and is starting to look dated so this money will allow us to bring the facilities up to the standard we would like."

The projects also had to demonstrate that they would help the local economy by employing local workers to carry out the work.

Unison had previously criticised Norfolk County Council for spending money on the scheme while hundreds of jobs were being cut at the authority.

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