Local Organisations Receive Ward Enhancement Funding

The Council has announced that the Red Lion House in Burton upon Trent is one of the first local organisations to secure support from its Ward Enhancement Programme which was launched earlier this year.

The community centre has been awarded £50,000 to support both their renovations and their ongoing work within the local community.

Charles Dean, Chair to the Board of Trustees of Red Lion House Community Centre, said: “We are thrilled to have received a grant of £50K from the Government’s U.K. Shared Prosperity Fund. The monies will go towards the £170k build costs of Phase 2 - the final phase of the refurbishment of the former Red Lion pub. It will provide much needed additional space on the upper floor, which will be fully accessible to all.”

“The Board of Trustees have successfully raised £94k towards costs, so we very much welcome an additional £50k from ESBC. The Board will continue to work diligently to raise the remaining £26k to enable Phase 2 works to commence”

Making Trails, a Burton based sculpture trail company, has also received funding as part of the Council’s Ward Enhancement Programme to support their 3D sculpture trail across Burton upon Trent.

Tilley Bancroft, founder of Making Trails, said: “Making Trails are over the moon to be bringing Burton's third art trail to the town. This will be Burton's first fully 3D sculpture trail with 12 giant, uniquely decorated barrels rolling out across Burton upon Trent. This trail will celebrate our rich brewing heritage, some of the most beautiful and interesting sites in the town and the incredible talent of our local artists. We'll be launching the social media campaign very soon, so keep an eye out for The Burton Barrel Roll!”

Cllr Rob Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said: “It’s great to see the Council’s Ward Enhancement Programme being used to support local organisations such as Red Lion House and Making Trails. The Council is on the lookout for more local organisations to support in this way and so I encourage all eligible organisations to apply for this fund.”

Those interested in applying can find out more information via the Council’s website.