Bike scheme among grant beneficiariesBy Tim Harris
September 18, 2012
MORE than £25,000 worth of grants is being given to projects and voluntary organisations in Aldershot and Farnborough.
The welcome cash boost will be provided to the groups in Rushmoor through the Farnborough Airport Community Environmental Fund.
In addition to allocating this money, Rushmoor Borough Council will also give out other grants following approval by Councillor Charles Choudhary, the council’s cabinet member for concessions and community support.
Five organisations were awarded grants from the Farnborough Airport Community Environmental fund, totalling £13,550. The fund is set up to help environmental projects, community groups and organisations that fall within 5km of the airport. The money comes from a levy the airport pays for every take-off or landing.
The largest sum of money will go to travel charity Sustrans to part fund a Bike It officer to identify cycling opportunities in the area.
Ben Knowles, Bike It officer for Rushmoor, said: “That money will be beneficial, it is going to make a massive difference. It is going to allow us to do a number of things, like start up a cycle community club. It will also make an enormous difference to the number of children and adults cycling in the area.”
Farnborough group the Clear Stone Trust was awarded £3,050, young persons group Youth Ekata received £3,000 and Rushmoor’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award project was awarded £3,000, while Henry Tyndale School will receive £1,000.
Nine voluntary organisations have also been awarded grants totalling close to £6,000, which were approved by Cllr Choudhary.
Hulya Turkish School, which is taught at the Connaught School in Aldershot, is among those receiving money.
The school will be given £500 towards the cost of books, stationary and teaching staff, and manager and maths teacher Hasan Turacli underlined how key the funding was.
“It will make a big difference,” he said. “It will give us a lot of relief, we will have some resources.
“The money will definitely improve things for our students as well. It is going to be very good financial help to us.”
Other groups to receive council grants include the Rushmoor Sports Forum, Reading Force and the Rowhill Nature Reserve, which will all receive £1,000.
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum will get £950, just under £800 goes to Cove Cricket Club, Shuffles Dance Studio will receive £500 and Nepalese youth group the Naya Yuva was awarded £200.
The Cabinet also approved a grant of £3,500 for the Rushmoor Royals Swimming club, and £2,000 for the Rushmoor Youth Forum
Cllr Peter Moyle, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, added: “These grants will help a variety of projects and a large number of people across Aldershot and Farnborough.
“We recognise the valuable work local groups and voluntary organisations do in our community and we are pleased to offer them our support.”