RECHAR II grant offers for six projects in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire have just been made. These are some of the many projects in the region that will be supported with a total of o17.5m in grants through the second bidding round of the Programme. To date more than o8.4m has been offered to local organisations.
Industry Minister John Battle said:
'I am delighted that another o2.215m is being made available to imaginative projects in the East Midlands. Through the hard-work of local people funding from Europe has been secured to offer more opportunities to those who have been affected by the decline of the coalfields and associated industries. I wish the project teams every success for the future.'
The money will help carry out environmental improvements and to reclaim and develop 16 acres of the former Rawdon Colliery site.
Mr Battle said:
'I am delighted to see funding sources such as RECHAR II and English Partnerships working together for the good of the coalfield.'
English Partnerships has also provided more than£15m to help develop coalfield areas across the East Midlands and currently owns 15 former British coal sites, two of which are being prepared for development.
Other successful RECHAR II Projects announced today include:
a visitor and education centre at Bolsover Castle; environmental improvements to the facilities available at Carr Vale Valley and West Bolsover to encourage tourism; and the construction of a o1.5m new Technology, Training and Business Centre at Basford Hall College.
1. Under this programme a total of£3.2m will be made available to projects for a range of measures. RECHAR II grants of up to 50 per cent of eligible costs are available for:
- environmental improvements to coalfield areas
- construction of workspace
- improving access to economic opportunities
- diversification and innovation in SMEs
- community infrastructure
- vocational training
2. Some o12m has already been allocated to projects under the first bidding round. Approximately o6.1m funding under the second bidding round has been announced this year. This forms part of o17.5m which will support projects under the second bidding round this financial year.
3. Projects are selected for assistance by the region's programme monitoring committee which is made up of organisations from across the region including local authorities, TECs, Business Links, English Partnership, Rural Development Commission and the voluntary sector.
4. Eligible areas for RECHAR II in the East Midlands include: Chesterfield, Mansfield, Retford, and Worksop Travel to Work areas (TTWA); Ashfield District, the parts of North East Derbyshire
district and Bolsover District in the Alfreton and Ashfield TTWA; the Wards of Bulwell East, Bulwell West and Byron in Nottingham City; the parishes of Dronfield, Eckington, Killarmarsh in North East Derbyshire; the Wards of Eastwood North, Eastwood South, Eastwood East, Nuthall, Grealey and Brinsley in the district of Broxtowe; Gedling in Nottinghamshire; and Lamcote, Manor and Ash Lea in the borough of Rushcliffe.
Also 11 wards in South Derbyshire which come within the Burton on Trent TTWA, 22 wards in North West Leicestershire which fall within the Burton on Trent and Loughborough and Coalville TTWA, and two wards in Hinckley and Bosworth District of Liecestershire which also form part of Loughborough and Coalville TTWA.
5. Aid for coalfield areas is available from a variety of sources, including RECHAR II, English Partnerships and the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund.
6. The latest successful RECHAR II projects are:
Groundwork Cresswell:Carr Vale Access Improvements - o144,625
English Heritage: Bolsover Castle - o189,000
Basford Hall College: - o715,000
Nottinghamshire CC: Double H: Phase 1- o57,750
NW Leicestershire DC: Rawdon Forest Employment Park - o670,000
NW Leicestershire DC: Environmental Improvements - o439,000