Strichen and Lonmay projects get LEADER funds

Nine projects from across Aberdeenshire have received funding totalling nearly £350,000 in the latest round of grants from the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme

LEADER is a rural development funding programme financed by the European Commission and the Scottish Government, and administered locally by the Rural Aberdeenshire Local Action Group (LAG).

The LAG committee was pleased to support the new projects in Round 15 of the programme, bringing the total Aberdeenshire LEADER funds committed to £4.3million. This has gone towards helping more than 140 projects since the programme was launched in 2008.

Improvement work to Strichen and Lonmay community halls, the construction of a new pavilion, a fuel management project and the creation of a junior driving school at the Grampian Transport Museum are among the successful applications in this round of funding.

Welcoming the recent awards, LAG chairperson Belinda Miller, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire LEADER is supporting a wide range of rural community projects across Aberdeenshire.”

Strichen Gala Committee has been awarded £85,532 for an extension and improvements to the Ritchie Hall.

The extension will allow changing facilities for sports and football to be separate from the facilities for hall user groups, while the ktichen area and equipment will be upgraded to ensure it is fit for purpose.

An award of £10,455 has been given to Lonmay Public Hall Trust to carry out a series of modest modernisation improvements to make it a more attractive and accessible facility for the local community.

Proposed works include the installation of disabled toilet facilities, replacement of the heating system, new flooring and lightweight folding tables and chairs.

The existing kitchen will be upgraded to enable users to provide catering within the hall.