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Hadleigh, Palgrave, Long Melford and Rickinghall awarded portion of £230,000 funding from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils





Towns and villages in Suffolk will be granted a £230,000 boost to help fund six projects across the county to improve community facilities.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council has awarded the funding as part of its commitment to residents’ wellbeing and ensuring communities have access to local facilities.

Hadleigh Town Council has been given £108,491 to put towards building a new Layham Road sports pavilion and Claydon Football Club will be able to refurbish its changing room and toilet block with £70,368.

The Layham Road Sports Ground with the old pavilion. Insets: Cllr Tim Weller, Cllr Deborah Saw and the Claydon Football Club sign. Picture: Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.
The Layham Road Sports Ground with the old pavilion. Insets: Cllr Tim Weller, Cllr Deborah Saw and the Claydon Football Club sign. Picture: Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

A further £15,000 is being put towards improving access at Palgrave and District Community Centre and Long Melford Parish Council has received £12,942 for new equipment and resurfacing at Cordell Place play area.

New insulation, windows and doors will be coming to Battisford Village Hall with £13,282 worth of funding and finally Rickinghall Village Trust will see the replacement roof lights, solar panel and battery installation with £10,559.

Cllr Deborah Saw, Babergh cabinet member for people and place, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to provide financial support to these two organisations to help them get their community projects off the ground.

“We want our residents, whatever their age, to be able to access facilities that improve their health and sense of wellbeing.”

The money comes from a combination of the councils’ community grants, plus section 106 funding which is money generated by developments across the districts that can be used for social infrastructure improvements.

Cllr Tim Weller, Mid Suffolk cabinet member for environment, culture and wellbeing, said: “With our funding and community grants, we are always trying to support projects that make real change in their area.

“We know that there’s always work to do, so I’d encourage local organisations to frequently check the grants page of our website and see if anything we offer is applicable to them.”