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Blackhorse Action Group | St James Street awarded £1 million Big Lottery Funding over 10 years

The Big Local St James Street Area

The St James Street area has been awarded £1 million pounds over 10 years to spend on improving the area.  The William Morris ward was a winner in the first round of Big Local funding.

As a community we’ll have a chance to use this money over ten years, on what matters most to us.
Give us your thoughts on how we can come together to do this right!
And share the info with friends, neighbours and local networks!

UPDATE: From Trevor The St James St Big Local Rep: 
There will be a meeting in Mid January for people interested in getting involved or with ideas on how to improve the area.

There are loads of ways of finding out more information or getting involved:

St James Street Big Local – Facebook / Twitter
Telephone/Text: 07454640501
Email: stjamesbiglocal@gmail.com

The Local Trust have a very useful guide that explains the pathway through Big Local as a step by step process, which is well worth reading if you’re interested in finding out more.

1. Getting people involved
2. Exploring your Big Local vision
3. Forming your Big Local partnership
4. Creating a Big Local plan
5. Delivering your Big Local plan
6. Collecting the evidence
7. Reviewing your Big Local plan and partnership

Residents must come together to do the best they can with their £1 million, which can be used on anything from training and employment schemes, to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund’s England Chair, explains: “These areas have for many years been overlooked and have missed out on vital funding and resources – they have people who are high on aspiration but until now have been low on opportunity.

“Through our long-term funding, commitment, training and support over at least the next ten years, we will redress that balance; giving them the power, confidence and ability to spend this funding in the ways that matter most to their community.

“This is the Lottery’s largest ever investment in community-led regeneration. This kind of investment is powerful – it goes way beyond annual budgetary cycles of local authorities or the parliamentary terms of well-intentioned governments. It is the kind of investment that is going to help people in these areas achieve lasting, meaningful change, for their children and generations to come.”

As well as funding for improvements, each area will receive training and support from Local Trust – an organisation set up to deliver Big Local – to help residents spend the funding and increase their confidence, skills and know-how so they are better able to come together make positive changes in their areas in future.

Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive at Local Trust said: “We are delighted to have a further 50 communities to support. We look forward to helping residents identify what matters most to them and how, with the support of a range of locally trusted organisations and our partners, we can support them over at least ten years make their areas even better places to live. The passion and commitment that residents in existing Big Local areas are showing is inspirational. By enabling residents to make decisions and take control of the funding we believe Big Local can achieve lasting change in their communities.”

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3 Responses to St James Street awarded £1 million Big Lottery Funding over 10 years

  1. Alice Wilcock says:

    Hi there, I was very interested to see your coverage, and look forward to the date of the meeting being set. I am a local resident, who, through coincidence, has been acting as the Big Local Rep for William Morris Ward, working with Grace Williams. I am very keen to help share our learnings and provide support. I have already contacted the Mill too. I was a bit confused by the mention of Kevin, as I understood our local rep was someone else – can you clarify? Many thanks.

  2. blackhorseroad says:

    Thanks Alice – our web person has been taken out and shot, we meant Trevor!

    We will post all info we can on the website, and will be sending an email out to the residents email list (which covers half the designated St James St area) to encourage others to get involved with the community effort.
    I’m sure all groups and people involved will be keen to get any support or learnings.

  3. David way says:

    Hi I was having a good look around the hub this week. And noticed the railway arches up the side of the station. Courtney mews, they would make great affordable units/ workshops for local businesses if opened up. What a waste of unused space.

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