Sport provision in Leyburn have improved thanks to grant aid from the district council.
The town’s Community Leisure Club has received £7,848 towards a £26,162 scheme to refurbish the squash courts and install energy saving insulation and LED lighting.
The club was privately owned until two years ago – but when it closed members formed a non-profit community club, taking over its fixtures and fittings.
It is now run on a voluntary basis with gym memberships reduced to just £20 per month, along with cheaper hire charges.
Richmondshire District Council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said that the authority’s social fund has helped eleven schemes over the past 18 months with £266,671 helping projects worth £1.2m.
“Our fund has made a difference to people’s lives across Richmondshire – helping them to reach fruition,” she said.
“Without this cash many might not have gone ahead – this Leyburn project is a great example of a facility that has been taken over by the local community and is now going from strength to strength.”
She said the projects to benefit from social fund cash are:
|Scotton Parish Council||Hunton footpath||£10,500|
|Richmond School||Construction of 3G artificial grass sports pitch||£50,000|
|Wensleydale Rugby Club||Building work||£46,717|
|Foxglove Covert LNR||Conservation and interpretation of heathland||£8,756|
|Leyburn Bowls Club||New clubhouse, pavilion and equipment shed||£17,505|
|Leyburn Community Leisure Club||Refurbishment of squash courts||£7,848|
|Richmond Town Football Club||Whitefields refurbishment||£12,960|
|Garrison Gathering||Memorial art project||£15,000|
|Richmond Building Preservation Trust||The Old Grammar School||£50,000|
|Richmondshire Leisure Trust||Health and wellbeing within Richmondshire||£25,356|
|Colburn Town Council||Play park improvements||£22,027|