£1,000,000 Lottery cash boost for Gannow

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A BURNLEY neighbourhood has been given a £1m. lottery cash boost.

The Gannow area will be given at least £100,000 every year for the next decade to fund projects in the community.

The Big Lottery Fund selected Gannow along with 149 other areas in England which have issues of deprivations but have previously been overlooked for funding.

Burnley Council Leader Charlie Briggs, a former resident of Gannow, said: “This is great news for Gannow, and a real boost for the town.

“We still need to find out exactly how the money can be spent, but we already know this will help support community activities and make this neighbourhood a better place to live.

“My fellow ward councillors Justin Birtwistle and Neil Mottershead have joined me in applauding the Big Lottery Fund’s decision to get behind Gannow, and put these funds into Burnley.

“This announcement came as a big surprise. It is the Lottery who have made this decision, based on looking at the facts and figures about different neighbourhoods.”

Hopes are the “Big Local” programme cash can be pumped into helping community groups, youth centres and funding public spaces.

A spokesman for the Big Lottery North-West Office said: “Big Local is a ground-breaking long-term programme to achieve lasting change in small areas across England.

“It puts people locally in the driving seat, and encourages them to work together to form a shared vision of their local area, to make decisions about how to use the funding to make their area a even better place to live.

“Areas can use the funds to provide a mixture of grants, social investments and support. Using social investment means that some of the money can be reused in the area again and again’.