Croy grasps £25,000 chance to change

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A breakthrough £25,000 funding package will be put in place to dramatically boost the number of amenities for the whole community in Croy.

Innovations could include a new community centre, a revamped bowling club, a better footpath network and the creation of a gala day.

And a steering group has been created to lead the way, using feedback collected at an event run by the Coalfields Community Futures Open Day

The organisation that helps former mining communities is being widely seen to have provided a lifeline – which has proven to be elusive during a time of council budget cuts.

Group member Thomas McCormack believes that the village is on the up, despite the loss of Croy Miners’ Welfare which has been sold to a business.

He said: “We got a great turnout with lots of very positive input on the projects that will bring a Community Action Plan to life.

“There was strong demand for a social heart of the village as well as heritage and environmental projects.”

Nicky Wilson of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust said: “The real strength of this programme is that it enables people to decide for themselves what their priorities should be and gives them a real say in shaping the area’s future.

“It was good to see the people of Croy grab that opportunity with both hands.”