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Coedffranc councillors look for list of projects as Welsh Government funding is launched

By The Neath Port Talbot Courier  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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COEDFFRANC Community Council is looking into what projects they can take on after funding to facilities was launched by the Welsh Government.

Councillor Ian Whitehead-Ross told members at a council meeting that the deputy minister for tackling poverty had launched the Community Facilities Programme and it was open for applications.

"It’s a capital grants programme that can be used to develop and improve community facilities.

"Funding is available up to half a million pounds for applications from public bodies with support from the third sector.

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"It can be used to improve facilities or offer facilities where there’s a gap in the local community."

He said he was after members' agreement to start looking at different areas to apply for funding.

"There's no set deadline, but when the money has been spent, it's been spent," he added, suggesting an application should be submitted as soon as possible.

"We could look into improving Carnegie Hall, the Memorial Hall.

"I know Councillor Wingrave said she might look into Mugas (multi-use games areas).

"If we made improvements to Carnegie Hall, it might result in more bookings for community groups to utilise it.

"We could have new toilets or a chair lift to go upstairs."

Councillor Mike Harvey said: "Nobody knows what’s needed more than the clerk."

Councillor Arthur Davies agreed, but said there was only a finite amount of time.

Council clerk, Wendy Thomas, said one of the biggest complaints from residents was about toilets in the park, and that was already listed as a project set to go ahead.

It was agreed that Mr Whitehead-Ross would meet with the clerk to discuss what projects could be funded, and these brought back to council to be discussed.

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