Plymouth profits from Pocket Park funding


Children from Weston Mill Primary School join (l-r) Councillor Tina Touhy, Ward Councillor for Ham; Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Becky House from Earthjump; Councillor Tudor Evans, Council Leader and Ward Councillor for Ham and Councillor Gareth Derrick, Ward Councillor for Ham.

Children from Weston Mill Primary School join (l-r) Councillor Tina Touhy, Ward Councillor for Ham; Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Bex House from Earthjump; Councillor Tudor Evans, Council Leader and Ward Councillor for Ham and Councillor Gareth Derrick, Ward Councillor for Ham.

Three Plymouth community projects have been boosted by significant government funding.

Over £55,000 has been awarded from the Pocket Park fund to help revamp play areas in Carlton Terrace and How Street and also to help establish a wildlife-friendly green space in Eggbuckland.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government money was bid for by community groups in partnership with the Council, who will also contribute money to the causes and manage with their delivery.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “The allocation of this funding is proof that working in partnership with the local community can lead to great results for our city.

“I really look forward to seeing work on these projects begin. Well done to everyone involved!”

The improved play area at Carlton Terrace in Weston Mill will receive a grant of £25,500 and was bid for in conjunction with Earthjump CIC. Earthjump have worked with the school council at Weston Mill Primary School on ideas for the make-over which will includes new play equipment and benches and a new area viewing area for Weston Mill creek.

The improvements in How Street have also been awarded £25,500, with the Council partnering with the Plymouth Open Space Network for the bid. Here, the small park in the heart of the city will benefit from a brand new design with a mixture of hard, accessible surfacing and soft planted areas with timber edging. There will also be new trees.

Finally, £4,660 has been awarded to Community Life And Wildlife (CLAW) with the support of the Council and Austin Farm Academy, to help convert an area of amenity grassland off Delamere Road into a wildlife-rich, community space including seating, fruit trees and wildflowers. The community group will also be running a series of nature themed education sessions with local schools and community involvement days.

Work on all three projects will begin this Spring.