Million pounds on the way to Gannow

GANNOW CASH: Money is to be spent in the Gannow area
GANNOW CASH: Money is to be spent in the Gannow area

People living in the Gannow area of Burnley are being invited to say how a £1m. lottery grant can be spent over the next 10 years.

Ideas for the future are being aired at an informal gathering at Woodbine Gardens, Dugdale Road, on Thursday, May 23rd. The early evening drop-in session runs from 5 to 7-30pm.

The Council for Voluntary Service, a charity and company limited by guarantee, has been chosen as the local trusted organisation to look after the money and an outreach worker has been appointed to liaise with residents and groups in the area to see how the cash can best be used.

Similar grants in other parts of the country are being used for services for the young and for older people as well as improving health and wellbeing.

“It’s a very flexible approach,” said Terry Hephrun of the CVS. “The drop-in session is the first step for people to share their views about what the area needs, and to look at the assets the community already has so that we can build on that information.

“The Big Local trust is flexible to make it meet residents’ needs to make Gannow a better place to live. Residents produce an area profile and a plan, and once that’s approved it will go ahead.

“How the cash is used is all up to how people in the area.”