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Villages Investment Fund – The Kilbarchan Project

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Volunteers are set to renovate the Old Library in Kilbarchan as they aim to maintain its status as a thriving community space if their plans are approved by councillors later this month.

With more than 5000 visitors using the hall every year for activities such as yoga, Pilates,
Spanish lessons and amateur dramatics, the hall is key part of village life in Kilbarchan and
has been for over 120 years.

Kilbarchan Improvements Project would receive £22,000 to carry out repairs to the roof and top floor windows to help secure its position as heritage asset within the village and would be the first project to receive funding through the Villages Investment Fund.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from an overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages and applications must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

“We want to see more and more projects follow Kilbarchan Improvements Project lead by applying to make changes to their community and we’ll support everyone to make their application as strong as possible so please get in touch.”Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board

Four projects have been awarded more than £13,000 under delegated authority from the wider Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund as they look to make physical and environmental improvements to their communities.

Erskine Community Garden have received £4800 install a labyrinth, plant fruit trees and create a sensory area in the garden, while the West End Growing Grounds Association have been granted £2609 to carry out grounds maintenance which allow their popular allotments to continue to flourish.

Elderslie Community Council have been awarded £1200 for dog fouling materials, including dog poo bag dispensers located across the village, and the Darkwood Crew in Ferguslie will use their £4810 award to create a community garden for the area which will be used by Falcon Day Centre and Darkwood Court Sheltered Housing Complex, subject to a successful planning application.

Each application must show it has consulted the local community to ensure there is a need and desire for the project and that it would improve community life.

The fund is open all-year-round so for more information and to find out how to apply, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.

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