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Nearly £500k for Wendover Woods from HS2

Nearly £500k for Wendover Woods from HS2

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:41am 8th March 2018.

Wendover Woods is getting a big investment, thanks to HS2.

£450,000 has been given to the big refurbishment project, which will mean a new cafe, play areas and car park.

It's the biggest amount handed out to community projects along the route so far.

HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani is visiting the site today.

The project is costing £4.5m overall.

Wendover Woods Imprvements

The £450,000 grant is the largest funding award given to any single project so far from a £40million HS2 Phase One Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF).

Nusrat Ghani, HS2 Minister, said:

"HS2 will be the backbone of our national rail network - supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build a Britain fit for the future.

"Whilst we know there will be disruption as we deliver one of Europe's biggest infrastructure projects, we are absolutely committed to minimising the effects of building the new railway.

"It is great to see so many exciting local projects such as the Wendover Woods Recreational Development project benefit from this fund, helping even more people access and enjoy our beautiful countryside. Funding such as CEF and BLEF will help to ensure that the legacy of HS2 is shared by everyone for generations to come."

The funds were established to support a diverse range of projects, from refurbishing community centres, nature conservation and measures to drive jobs and local economies, along HS2's route from London to the West Midlands.

HS2 Rendering

A further £5million has also been made available to help communities along the HS2 Phase 2a route from the West Midlands to Crewe, bringing the total available funding to £45million.

The first round of funding in January, announced by the Minister during a visit to Crewe, gave more than £245,000 of grants.

These include funding for the renovation of Steeple Claydon Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire, helping a pre-school in Northamptonshire build their first playground and setting up schemes in Camden to engage residents in environmental and health issues.

Cathy Elliott, independent chair of CEF and BLEF said:

"This latest round of funding is another milestone for us and I'm delighted to be showcasing the Wendover Woods Recreational Development project to demonstrate how this money can benefit communities along the line of route for many years to come.

"More funding is available for eligible applicants throughout the construction of HS2 Phase One and we look forward to announcing many more funded local projects in the future."

Joanne Mason from the Forestry Commission said:

"Wendover Woods is a hugely popular recreation resource for families living across the Chilterns and further afield.

"This grant from the HS2 CEF fund will enable much needed new toilets, seating and expanded café facilities to be established ensuring that the forest can continue to be enjoyed by future generations."

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said:

"As we deliver HS2, we have the opportunity to leave a positive legacy for the communities along the route of the railway. Our Community and Environment Fund, and its twin Business Fund, are starting to support important local initiatives, including building renovations and environmental projects.

"We're encouraging local people to come forward with other opportunities, such as community-led nature projects for people and wildlife which could contribute to the 'green corridor' we're creating alongside the railway.

"This grassroots activity is in addition to the national benefits of HS2, which will rebalance the economy by connecting eight out of our ten biggest cities, increase rail capacity on the current system and reduce journey times, while also creating thousands of jobs across the UK."

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