Why not bid for share of £150,000?

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There is £150,000 up for grab for towns and villages, and Thame groups are being urged to take part.

Market towns and larger villages in South Oxfordshire can bid for a share of the cash, to help with infrastructure projects.

So far 22 applications have been approved ahead of the December closing date.

These include supporting free wi-fi in town centres, street decorations, banners and flags, Christmas lighting and equipment banks.

All applications need to receive match funding from sources such as town and parish councils, business partnerships or the lottery.

The bids will then be measured against how well the council’s strategic objective of ‘building the local economy’.

Decisions on the final stage of bids will be made by March 2016.

Councillor Robert Simister, cabinet member for economic development at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is a great opportunity for our market towns and larger villages to claim the funding they need to help improve their local infrastructure.

“Maybe they could do with some new and improved signage, or buy some equipment to support local events. This funding will be a great help, but you do have to be quick as its only available until December.”

For full terms and conditions, and an application form contact Helen Harvey, economic development officer on 01235 540390 or email economic.development@southandvale.gov.uk