EU funds helping projects in rural Rother

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Community projects and businesses in rural Rother and Wealden have benefitted from £4.58 million of EU funding over an 11 year period, the council has revealed.

Cllr Sue Prochak, district councillor for Salehurst, asked Rother Council leader Carl Maynard how much EU funding has contributed to the grants given by the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership over the lifetime of WARR.

She also asked how Rother had benefitted from the WARR Partnership in terms of successful projects.

In his answer presented to an RDC meeting on Monday (July 11), Cllr Maynard said: “The WARR Partnership acts as the Local Action Group in the Rother and Wealden areas for the LEADER scheme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England managed by the Rural Payments Agency and funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

“Total EU funding contributed to the grants given by the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership from 2002 – 2013 is £4.58million.

“EU funding towards the current WARR Partnership Programme is £1.47million.

“From 2009 – 2013 some 80 business and community projects across the rural areas of Wealden and Rother benefitted from £1.58million grant funding, enabling a total value of investment, including match funding, of £3.85million.

“Some notable LEADER projects in Rother include:

– Etchingham Station Bistro which received £45,000 to convert a Grade II listed building at Etchingham Station into a much needed community venue

- Swallowtail Hill Farm Beckley received £21,500 to develop an eco-camping site with individually designed shepherd huts

- Rye Museum Association received £29,500 to help support the structural repairs requited to the Women’s Tower to allow public access.”

The partnership has also provided funds to help restore Sedlescombe village pump, purchase new play equipment for Icklesham Recreation Ground and obtain floodlights for Westfield FC and Rye Rugby Football Club, among other projects.

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