ORGANISERS of the £1 million lottery funding-pot which will be invested in a ‘deprived’ area of Uttoxeter have held their official launch event.
The Heath Big Local Partnership, which will spend £1 million of lottery funding to improve the Heath area of Uttoxeter, was officially launched on October 18.
The team have canvassed the views of residents across the area for how the £1 million should be spent, and now they are to sit down and decide where the money will be allocated.
It is hoped the investment, which comes from lottery funding, will tackle drug, health and crime problems and ‘create a cohesive community’.
A rehabilitation centre, cottage hospital and mobile x-ray unit have been among the ideas put forward, as well as extra benches for senior citizens, an art gallery and an internet cafe.
Organisers have stressed that the door is still open for those who want to come forward and add their voice to how they think the money should be spent, and they are especially keen to hear from the teenage age range.
Rupert Hill, one of the organisers behind the Heath Big Local said: “We were a little disappointed that out of the 3,300 houses, only 20 people showed up to our launch event.
“However, the launch went very well.
“We presented the report of what we’ve done so far.
“The job now is to sit down and look at what we can and can’t do.
“We’d like more people to come forward and give us their views.
“The door is still open for people to come in.
“There’s a wide spectrum of things which the funding can be put towards.
“We’d like to hear more about what the teenagers want – we’ve had opinions from the very young and adults but would like to hear more from the teens.
“Additional suggestions which came from the launch were extra benches between the Heath and the town centre for senior citizens, an art gallery shop for artists to use and display work, and an internet café in the town centre.”
Those wishing to add their voice to how the money should be spent are invited to phone Lynne Shelton on 01889 592959 or visit the website at www.heathbiglocal.org.uk
Mr Hill added: “It’s a massive achievement to have already got to this stage and we would like to thank the steering group volunteers.
“We’d also like to thank all the residents and organisations that have helped us with consultation, our Big Local representative Paul Lusk and borough council neighbourhood coordinator Sara Botham for all that they’ve done and will continue to do to make the Big Local happen in the Heath.”
Anyone who wants more information on the Partnership or wants to put themselves forward is asked to call Mrs Shelton on 01889 592959 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who have ideas as to how the cash should be spent are asked to email email@example.com, complete an online survey at www.heathbiglocal.org.uk or send a message via the Heath Big Local Facebook page.