Deadline looms for Nottinghamshire County Council cashpot

The deadline is looming for you to tell Nottinghamshire County Council where it should spend money improving your area.

Applications close on Friday for next year’s round of grants available under the Local Improvement Scheme.

The council will then allocate money to the ideas it thinks are most worthy, and have the support of the area’s local councillor.

Now, in its eighth year, the scheme has helped towns and villages across the county with all manner of projects under the banners of environmental, conservation, heritage, cultural and tourism.

During October, the Local Improvement Scheme will see its 2,000th project completed.

Coun Richard Butler, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “Local people show a tremendous pride in their communities and the passion, commitment and dedication generated by grass roots involvement is truly admirable.

“I’ve seen hundreds of projects completed in the last two years and this scheme really does make a difference to people’s lives.”

Some of the projects given the green light in the Mansfield area for this year’s programme include:

Restoration of walled kitchen, garden and orchard in Pleasley Vale

An upgrade of wildlife habitat in Ravensdale

Restoration of oil painting at Mansfield Fire Museum

Creating a mosaic at St Edmund’s School in Mansfield Woodhouse

Improvements at Newgate Lane School and tidy up at footpaths near the school

Clear up at anti-social and drugs den in Newgate Lane, Mansfield

To apply, people should provide a short outline of their idea, say how much support there is for it, and suggest how any work done could be maintained by local people. Application forms can be found at by calling 08449 808080