AN MP learned about the impact of National Lottery investment on her local area.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage attended an event hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and learned the town is ranked 7th in England by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts’ Heritage Index.
This sets out to measure the strength of heritage at a local level across the UK.
Gosport has benefited from almost £10m in Heritage Lottery Funding since 1995, with money being used to support a wide range of projects.
The event was part of National Lottery in Parliament, an exhibition to raise awareness among politicians in Westminster about the funding available to its constituencies.
It was also arranged to demonstrate how National Lottery players’ money is changing lives and improving the nation’s wellbeing.
Analysis of this year’s heritage index suggests that making the most of local heritage is linked with a higher quality of life.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘I’m thrilled Gosport is ranked so highly in the RSA’s Heritage Index – this really emphasizes the fact that important heritage sites aren’t limited to cities like London.’