Barbara welcomed the good news that the Higher Folds estate, in Worsley constituency, was to get extra funding and help from a Coalfields Charity funded by Government.
Community groups from other wards within Wigan borough can also benefit from extra funding given by the government to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust over the next three years.
In addition, Higher Folds has been selected as an area for extra funding and support from the Trust, a charity which gives grants to groups in those communities most affected by mine closures.
“This is great news for Higher Folds. Extra Government funding will mean that the Coalfield Regeneration Trust can invest at a higher level in community groups on Higher Folds over the next 3 years and can also give the Higher Folds groups extra support with their work.”
Barbara was speaking after a meeting at Wigan Investment Centre at which the Coalfields Regeneration Trust announced that extra grants from government which would enable it to continue its work with community groups in 20 former coalfield wards across Wigan from 2005 to 2008. The meeting was also attended by Andy Burnham MP, Ian McCartney MP and Neil Turner MP.
Andy Burnham MP told the meeting how extra funding and investment was already starting to make a difference in his Leigh constituency. Andy described how the extra investment helped not only with physical regeneration but also helped with education and skills development.
The Coalfield Regeneration Trust will be working with community groups and residents from Higher Folds in January and February to help develop ideas for projects which the Trust and other funders could support.
Neil Turner MP, Ian McCartney MP and Andy Burnham MP with Barbara Keeley at the announcement meeting.