Green funding for church and park

Funding: Rev Graham Halsall outside St Saviour's Church before lead thieves struck
Funding: Rev Graham Halsall outside St Saviour's Church before lead thieves struck
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A historic church and a well-loved park will get a funding windfall from a green scheme.

St Saviour’s Church in Bamber Bridge has been awarded £7,585 for improvements by the Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF).

St Saviour’s was landed with a £250,000 repair bill when lead thieves damaged its roof two years ago.

The latest award means they will be able to install a new energy-efficient lighting system and insulation, aas part of wider restoration works currently going on at the 19th century building.

The Rev Graham Halsall said the cash would be put to good use. He said: “Losing lighting was an outcome of the lead theft. It’s been very debilitating.”

The Friends of Regent Park in Morecambe are also celebrating, with a £30,000 grant from the fund.

The cash will be invested in creating a new playpark for youngsters of all ages, with landscaping, seating and new shrubbery.

A total of almost £180,000 will be shared among 11 recipients in the latest round of awards, made every three months.

Other winners include St John’s Church in Yealand Conyers, near Carnforth, which will receive £13,646 for the refurbishment of the church buildings, installing solar panels on the roof and works to the Sunday school room.

Newton and Singleton Village Halls in Fylde will also get £8,000 and £13,000 respectively to make their facilities more energy-efficient.

The LEF is financed by landfill tax credits, a scheme that allows waste site operators to claim tax credit for contributions made towards projects that benefit the environment or local communities.

More than £14m has been awarded to community, environmental and waste management projects across the county since it was established in 15 years ago. The scheme is backed by SITA, Neales Waste Management and a contribution from Lancashire County Council.