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Fund announced for community-led clean-up projects

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has received an immediate £49,000 cash boost from a £9.75 million government fund to back its efforts in cleaning up high streets and town centres.

The funding is to give local authorities across the country the opportunity to encourage its communities to take greater pride in their local area and to support campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean Campaign.

The government said that councils in partnership with existing community groups would be able to use this one-off funding to support volunteers by buying tools such as litter pickers, gloves and brushes.

Also, it could be used to provide training for residents on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping, as well as organise events to encourage more families to get involved.

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Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“High streets are at the centre of our communities, and as places that are well loved, they sometimes need a bit of a spruce up to look their very best.

“That’s why we will be providing councils with £9.75 million to work with community groups who need that extra money to give their local high street a spring clean, making sure their town centres are really spick and span.”

Although the grant is for community groups it is up to councils how they spend it

CBC’s grant is for £49,089.00, and in statement on how the Council will be spending the money, Councillor Budge Wells, deputy executive member for Community Services, said:

“The money will be used for pavement repairs and cleaning, to ensure that Central Bedfordshire’s High Streets are repaired where needed and look their very best to help encourage shoppers and visitors back into our town centres.”

When asked how this use is involving communities in cleaning-up their high streets, a CBC spokesperson said:

“The Government has given councils flexibility in how this grant is used, provided that it is spent in accordance with what the community wants and can be done in March.

“Our current project to clean pavements was started at the request of the local town councils.”

A spokesperson for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said:

“While we encourage local authorities to use the grant money on work with community groups, it is ultimately up to them how they spend the money.”