Money awarded to community projects across the Havant borough

The Hayling Island Thursday Club encourages people of all ages and abilities to access the Harbour. 'Picture: Peter Arnold
The Hayling Island Thursday Club encourages people of all ages and abilities to access the Harbour. 'Picture: Peter Arnold
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Sailing clubs, sea scouts, schools and heritage clubs across the Havant borough benefited from a £30,000 pot of money allocated by Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

The funding, provided by DEFRA, was awarded to 11 projects in the Chichester Harbour area that support community development, grow the local economy, and enhance the natural environment.

The conservancy is committed to encouraging access to the water, and several projects that promote enjoyment of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty were approved.

The Langstone Cutters Gig Club received a £3,000 contribution to buy a Gig and the Hayling Island Sailing Club Community Youth Sailing Scheme was given £2,000 for new sailing equipment for their Thursday Club.

The 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts were awarded £3,500 to put towards new dinghies, while the operating committee for the Victorian oyster boat Terror, now managed by volunteers, was awarded £1,000 to help with the marketing of their public trips in 2016.

Projects on the land also received support. Two all-terrain wheelchairs were purchased by West Wittering Estate with a grant of £3,705, enabling greater access to the coastline for those with limited mobility.

Councillor Roger Price, chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has applied for funding.

‘In these challenging times for the public sector, we are stretching every penny as far as it can go, and I am delighted that we have been able to fund such a wide range of projects.’

Grants were also awarded to the Chichester and District Archaeology Society (£1,502), the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (£4,000), The Friends of Nore Barn Woods (£4,000), Southbourne Infant School (£2,316) and the Christian Youth Enterprises ( £977).

The Sussex Downs and Coastal Plain LEADER programme are now offering grants of between £2,500 and £50,000. Visit businesswestsussex.co.uk for more details.