Loanhead launch of £9m fund for communities

Loanhead Community Learning Centre, 5 Mayburn Walk, launch of community spaces fund''Jackie Killeen (Big Lottery), Alex Neil (MSP) & Peter Collins (Loanhead) service user, with kids from the nursery at the raised beds.

Loanhead Community Learning Centre, 5 Mayburn Walk, launch of community spaces fund''Jackie Killeen (Big Lottery), Alex Neil (MSP) & Peter Collins (Loanhead) service user, with kids from the nursery at the raised beds.

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A groundbreaking fund, which allows local people to shape their own neighbourhoods, has been launched in Loanhead.

It is hoped the new £9 million Community Spaces Scotland scheme, from the Big Lottery Fund, will be used to rejuvinate local areas the length and breadth of the country.

From developing allotments, parks and community gardens through to improving village halls and community centres, the fund will improve local spaces and places, providing somewhere better for people to come together to be healthier, happier and more active.

Speaking within the grounds of Loanhead’s newest community facility, the community learning centre’s Kabin, Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland director, said: “Through Community Spaces Scotland we want to bring communities together to bring these areas back to life. This could involve turning an existing green space into a community allotment, bringing a derelict play park back to its former glory, refurbishing a village hall or even establishing a green gym, a physical space to get people more active.”

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