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Uttoxeter’s £1m Heath Big Local project is gathering pace

Lynne Shelton

Lynne Shelton

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HEATH homeowners are being urged to look out for a survey coming through their doors that will help them shape the future of their community.

The Heath Big Local (HBL) partnership has £1 million of lottery funding to spend on the area and has been exploring residents’ ideas on what is needed.

The group has collated those ideas and is now canvassing Heath residents on potential projects, details of which have yet to be revealed.

HBL chairman Lynne Shelton said: “We’ve looked at all the feedback and are checking through a few potential projects that we may be able to include in the plan’ Lynne added ‘but before we do it’s important that we survey the people who actually live in the Heath area and get their views.”

HBL last week donated more than £23,000 to Uttoxeter Town Football Club to help provide the upgrades to Oldfields Sports Ground needed to compete in the Midlands League next season.

Mrs Shelton said: “It’s been a real pleasure working with the club on this application for funding.

“They understand HBL’s drive to raise aspirations in the community.

“Their positivity and enthusiasm just shines through and HBL is really looking forward to working with them again in the future, providing more access and activity for the local community, especially local young people.”

Uttoxeter Town FC captain Martin Gadsby said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support HBL has shown. The club’s had two successive promotions since beginning life in 2012 and, to ensure progress on the pitch isn’t hampered by our facilities, we’ve invested heavily into Oldfields over the past year.”

The partnership has also agreed to invest £5,000 in new play equipment at Bramshall Road Park.

A recent children’s sign-making competition about littering and dog fouling prevention has just closed and entries are being judged.

Mrs Shelton said: “Partnership members will be at a stall at the 50 Plus activity day at Oldfields Hall Middle School on May 30, where they’ll be talking to as many people as they can about Heath Big Local and what it means to their community.

“HBL are also holding another Litter Pick event at 10am on 28th June 2014 starting at the Heath Community Centre.”

Heath families can keep up to date with the HBL project or get involved by visiting www.heathbiglocal.org.uk, searching ‘Heath Big Local’ on Facebook, emailing info@heathbiglocal.org.uk or calling Mrs Shelton on 01889 592959.

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