Villages can bid for a slice of the £150k pie

Councillor Ann Ducker
Councillor Ann Ducker
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Town councils and community and business groups could get a slice of £150,000 as part of new infrastructure improvements funding.

The money has been made available for any bright ideas which could help improve environments in towns and larger villages across South Oxfordshire.

The cash fund is available over the next two years to Thame, Henley and Wallingford, as well as the district’s 12 largest villages including Chinnor and Wheatley, to help pay for infrastructure improvements, such as street furniture, shop fronts, Christmas decorations, signage and public access to Wi-Fi.

Grants will be allocated to projects which are in line with South Oxfordshire District Council’s priority of “building the local economy” and objective to “invest to improve the viability and attractiveness of our towns.”

The council hopes projects which successfully apply for funding will ‘help to improve accessibility to the local area, promote equality and diversity, support sustainable development and encourage community engagement’.

The three towns will each receive an allocation of £18,750 per year for the next two years, with the villages able to apply for a share of a separate pot of the same amount.

Cllr Ann Ducker, leader of SODC, said: “This new grant scheme will help to boost the local economies in our market towns and larger villages, and enhance the visitor experience of these settlements.”

For more information about the scheme email economic.development@southandvale.gov.uk