Town council receives more than £25,000 for new play area, CCTV, and a community coordinator 

16:58, Tuesday, 30th April 2024

Kirton in Lindsey Town Council received funding from the first round of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to support three different projects totalling more than £25,000.

The first project was for £10,103 to buy and install play equipment as part of the redevelopment of the local play area on the Green at Kirton in Lindsey.

To improve safety, £2,500 funding was used to install CCTV on Kirton in Lindsey Library focusing on the Green and play area as there has been anti-social and criminal behaviour previously. The camera links in with North Lincolnshire Council’s Security Control Centre.

The town council has appointed a community coordinator using £13,040 funding (funded for 12 months). The role has been created to focus on linking businesses with organisations and groups, developing cultural and heritage events, sporting opportunities, and identifying gaps that need volunteers or other support.

Neil Taylor-Matson, Town Clerk, Kirton in Lindsey Town Council, said:

“Kirton in Lindsey Town Council is pleased with the successful funding bids made to the UKSPF for the benefit of the town.

“Concern has grown about anti-social and criminal behaviour within the town, having CCTV linking back to the Security Control Centre acts as both a deterrent and a means to collect evidence and help the police with investigations.

“Funding has also enabled the Town Council to replace an existing piece of popular equipment at the town play area.

“The Community Co-ordinator role was developed through the Connecting Kirton Project work in 2021-22 which identified the need for a coordinated approach to providing information about activities, organisations and amenities within the town and to develop options for community transport opportunities and volunteer schemes to better support the residents of Kirton in Lindsey.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This funding from the Government is making a real difference to organisations and businesses in North Lincolnshire. It is great to visit and see how the money is being used and put to beneficial use.

“Kirton Town Council has made some positive changes for the community. The outdoor play area is a fantastic place for families to go and what is more, the safety has been improved in the area due to the new CCTV.

“The community coordinator has been appointed and will be able to go out and about working with different groups to put on events and create opportunities.”

To find out more about the support available through the fund in North Lincolnshire, please email: ukspf@northlincs.gov.uk To stay up to date, visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

The Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is designed to increase community pride by supporting businesses and helping people achieve better outcomes, access opportunities, and lead better lives.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus.