Eastbourne’s £1million lottery cash bonanza

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Devonshire ward, one of the most deprived areas in the south east, has scooped £1 million from the Lottery.

It is one of six areas in the south east to win cash as part of a Forgotten Communities scheme, which aims to transform areas with a slice of a £200 million budget. And residents themselves will decide how the money is spent to improve the ward over the next decade.

Eastbourne Borough councillor Margaret Bannister said, “This announcement by the Big Lottery Fund is brilliant news for Devonshire West. It will give residents the opportunity to decide the projects and services that are important to them. Over the next few years, the work should have a positive impact on the residents in this part of the town.”

The other five south east areas to scoop money are Wecock Farm in Havant, Newington in Thanet, Sompting in Adur, Dover and Whitley in Reading.

A Lottery spokesperson said, “They have been chosen as having been overlooked for funding and investment in the past and are facing a range of different issues from the decline of industry to high levels of unemployment and crime, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.

“BIG has taken radical action to put this right and help build a community capable not only of spending cash but securing more in the future. Residents must come together to do the best they can with their £1 million, which can be used on anything from training and employment schemes, to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people. As well as funding for improvements, each area will receive training and support from Local Trust – an organisation set up to deliver Big Local – to help residents spend the funding and increase their confidence, skills and know-how so they are better able to come together make positive changes in their areas in future.”

See The Herald on Friday for local residents’ ideas on how to spend the cash.