Councillor Natalie Don is urging local villagers across Renfrewshire to take action and think about ways that Renfrewshire Council’s Village Investment Fund could benefit their areas.
The Village Investment fund, a total of £370,000, was established by Renfrewshire Council in 2018 alongside the Play Parks and Green Spaces Fund. This is aimed at projects which could help to strengthen the identity, history and heritage of Renfrewshire’s villages however unlike the Green Spaces fund, applications have been scarce with less than 10% of this funding being utilised.
Examples of opportunities that this could be used for include unique signage and branding, heritage trails or walks highlighting local points of interest, reinstatement, renovation or improvement of features within the community, environmental or physical improvements, art works, cultural or design features and even events. All of which importantly, should be aimed at promoting and reflecting a villages heritage, identity and celebrating the character and history of the village in a sustainable way.
Photo: Councillor Natalie Don
Any constituted or voluntary group in Bishopton, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Crosslee, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Inchinnan, Kilbarchan, Langbank and Lochwinnoch can apply.
Local residents are also being encouraged to have a think about projects that could be eligible. Support can be given if residents would like to start their own group or alternatively, ideas could be presented to a relevant group in your local community, who can then take it forward.
SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don is urging the villages to utilise this ring fenced cash, she told Renfrewshire News: “As a local councillor that represents Renfrewshire villages, I know the passion that people have within these areas and I know this is replicated across Renfrewshire. The Village Investment fund is an opportunity to take that passion and channel it into projects that could improve our villages.”
“I know from contact with residents that there is a perception that less money is spent on our villages than other places and this fund was created to prove that the villages are not left behind and are a priority. We need to utilise this funding to the maximum to ensure that this remains a priority.“
“If you have an idea for something that could strengthen or highlight your areas character, identity or heritage please consider this funding. Ideas could include things like signage, heritage trails or art projects but the possibilities are endless.”
“We already have some fantastic local groups in our communities that do amazing work for their areas. I am sure they would welcome innovative ideas from local residents. Let’s show some real community spirit and make use of this for projects that will improve our villages.”
If you would like more information on the Village Investment Fund , visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/villagesinvestmentfund.