Richmondshire District Council

Sport provision in Leyburn has 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

Leyburn Councillor Tony Duff is pictured with Club Chairman, Richard Sanderson and Club Secretary Amanda Adamson.

Leyburn Councillor Tony Duff is pictured with Club Chairman, Richard Sanderson and Club Secretary Amanda Adamson

 

 

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