Morecambe’s West End gets lottery funding boost

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Morecambe’s West End is set to receive a £1 million lottery funding boost.

It is one of nine communities in the North West to be allocated cash as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) £200 million nationwide Big Local scheme.

The programme aims to regenerate ‘forgotten’ areas with residents themselves deciding how to spend the money to improve their areas over the next decade.

As well as funding for improvements, each area will receive training and support from Local Trust – an organisation set up to deliver Big Local – to help residents spend the money.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund’s England Chair said: “These areas have for many years been overlooked and have missed out on vital funding and resources – they have people who are high on aspiration but until now have been low on opportunity.

“This is the lottery’s largest ever investment in community-led regeneration.”

Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive at Local Trust said: “We are delighted to have a further 50 communities to support.

“We look forward to helping residents identify what matters most to them and how, with the support of a range of locally trusted organisations and our partners, we can support them over at least ten years make their areas even better places to live.”

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said: “I have done everything that I can to promote Morecambe.

“Over the last 12 months significant amounts of funding have come into Morecambe, but a minimum of £1 million into the West End will be a huge boost to the community.”