A GRAND total of £52,000 will be allocated to community projects across Bromsgrove following successful bids for New Homes Bonus money.
Community groups in Alvechurch, Avoncroft, Barnt Green, Belbroughton, Catshill, Fairfield, Hagley, Hopwood, Rock Hill, Rubery, Stoke parish, and Lickey and Blackwell will each receive either hundreds or thousands of pounds towards improving local community amenities.
The payments were agreed at a meeting of Bromsgrove District Council’s Cabinet on September 7 following recommendations from the council’s New Homes Bonus panel which considered 22 bids. Of those, 17 were allocated money.
The cabinet also agreed a request from Coun Steve Colella to reconsider giving more money to some partially-funded bids, from NHB funds carried forward from 2015/16.
Peter Rowbottom of Hagley Residents Action Group led the district-wide NHB campaign in 2014 asking the district council to pass on New Homes Bonus money to local communities affected by new housing developments. He said: “I would like to congratulate all the community groups who have made successful bids for New Homes Bonus money and look forward to communities across the district benefiting from improved facilities.
“I would also like to thank the council’s New Homes Bonus panel for its recommendations and the cabinet, including Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro for ultimately agreeing these payments.
“This is now the second successive year that NHB money has been made available by the council to local communities and I hope such payments continue in the future to the benefit of as many people as possible across Bromsgrove.”