Monday 03 September 2012
Our bid to help to make a Sustainable Sheppey has been successful meaning a 3 year project has gained funding of £946,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Sustainable Sheppey project will help to prepare communities on the Isle of Sheppey for the opportunities and challenges that come with climate change. This will involve seven interlinking activities that will be accessible to all residents on the island.
We have worked with partners and it is this joint working which has led to the bid being successful. Partners who have also been involved are: Kent County Council, Amicus Horizon, Sheppey Matters, Groundwork UK, Work This Way, HMP Standford Hill, Southern Water and Eastchurch Village Hall.
The seven interlinking projects are a mix of new projects and others which can be built upon to enhance existing projects. These include:
Councillor Andrew Bowles, Leader of Swale Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that the hard work we have undertaken along with our partners in developing this exciting bid has paid off. The projects proposed, and now funded, will make a real difference to the lives of the people of Sheppey enabling them to live more sustainable lives, save money and be better prepared for the impacts of climate change."
Pete Raine, Director of Regeneration at Swale Borough Council, has also expressed his delight at the success of gaining the funding. He said: "In awarding this £1m grant the Lottery have recognised the vulnerability of the Isle of Sheppey to the impacts of climate change. This fund will allow us to work with our partners to help communities to live more sustainable lives and prepare for the challenges of climate change, while at the same time developing new skills and employment opportunities."