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Dane Valley partnership digging in with £150,000 aid
A GROUP that is improving parts of the Dane Valley has been awarded almost £150,000 towards its latest project.
The Dane Meadow Programme Board, a group set up by Holmes Chapel Parish Council and the Holmes Chapel Partnership to oversee the improvements to the Dane Meadow site to the north side of Holmes Chapel have been successful with a grant application for £148,000.
A further grant application to WREN has been submitted to cover a nature trail, a bird feeding station and ponds on the site.
The successful grant, from Natural England under a grant scheme called Paths for Communities, is for the cost of creating a Public Right of Way through the Dane Meadow site.
The parish council, has also set aside more than £50,000 for the project, and has already developed a scheme for improving the infrastructure and drawings were produced by Cheshire East Council of how this could be designed.
A contract has now been signed with George Cox and Sons Ltd who will be carrying out the first phase of work that began on Monday, August 19.
John Clowes, chairman of the programme board, said the aim was to encourage more people to visit the area.
“The underlying purpose is to retain the ‘natural environment’ on the 11 hectare site but encourage more people to visit, participate in its development and maintenance and provide a splendid educational resource for our schools and adult population,” he said.
“One other significant shortfall now being addressed is the inability to attract the less abled due to access issues which were identified as key in the development.
“This contract will allow us to make a start on the main improvements to the area, in particular improving access to and signage for the Dane Meadow.
“The local public have been encouraged to get involved and a volunteer group has been set up to help with practical tasks such as ground clearance and the development of wildlife habitats.”
People who want to be involved and are not yet on the mailing list should contact the group via Danemeadow@hotmail.co.uk.
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