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37 projects given cash by HS2 in Bucks

Over £2.2m has been handed to schemes right along the route in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 4:20pm 1st May 2020. 4-minute read.

37 projects given cash by HS2 in Bucks

From a community cafe to a bowls club's kitchen, HS2 have given over £2-million to projects in Buckinghamshire now.

HS2 bosses told us they recognise that building the line through Bucks is disruptive and these funds are part of trying to make that easier.

37 schemes have now been given money, many getting thousands of pounds each.

One of the latest is the cafe set up by students from Pebble Brook School on Walton court - they have been given £63,558.

Pebble Brook community cafe
Students from Pebble Brook at the cafe on Walton Court

The biggest single Community and Environment Fund award to date went to Forestry England to help towards their multi-million pound Wendover Woods project.

The £450,000 award contributed to the build of a new café and toilets, which has provided a valuable facility for visitors.

A £250,000 award for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust in Stoke Mandeville has been announced this month, which will be used to develop a number of events, activities and resources designed to tell the story of the Paralympics and challenge attitudes to disability.

Explore the map of projects

Some of the funding allocations are:

  • £243,103 for the 'Chalk, Cherries & Chairs' project run by the Chiltern's Conservation Board
  • £120,303 for the 'Buckinghamshire is Open for Business' project run by the Chilterns Conservation Board
  • £70,907 for the Carers Trust in Bucks and Milton Keynes to run the Supporting Carers programme
  • £75,000 to build a new community music space in Buckinghamshire run by the Amersham Band
  • £74,000 towards the refurbishment of the Wendover Swimming Pool
  • £23,482 for the refurbishment of the kitchen facility at Waddesdon Bowls Club
  • £70,907 for the Carers Trust in Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes to provide support for carers who's work may be disrupted by the construction of HS2.

More money available

Quainton Windmill benefited from HS2 cash

HS2 was of course given the official go-ahead in April and they say that was right despite the current situation.

The company behind the project say it is right that they continue to support communities as a result.

Two funds, with a combined total of £40million, are available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain's new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands.

The Community and Environment Fund (CEF), which is for projects that benefit the community and have a positive environmental outcome; the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) is for projects that will have a positive outcome for local businesses and local economies.

HS2 Wendover Woods
The Wendover Woods development was boosted by HS2 money

Community and Business groups along the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands have been able to apply for funds since March 2017. 

Speaking about the milestone, Mark Thurston, HS2 CEO, said:

"At HS2 we are keenly aware of the disruption that building the new railway can have on local communities, which is why these awards are so important as we support those affected, even before the main construction phase has begun.

"In these difficult times, HS2 will not only provide a boost to the UK economy, creating job and business opportunities across the country, but can also make an impact in giving back to the communities where we are working.

"These 100 projects are just the start of HS2 investing in the line of route communities and my hope is that they contribute to us creating a positive and lasting legacy."

HS2 Quainton Windmill
HS2 money helped with the restoration of Quainton Windmill

Cathy Elliott, Independent Chair of the HS2 Funds, said:

"I have seen first hand the high level of interest there is in the HS2 funds, and the positive impact the awards are already having across the HS2 route.

"The funds are available to support local communities and businesses that are impacted by the construction of HS2 and I encourage other organisations near to the London to West Midlands line of route to apply and benefit from funding."

As construction of HS2 gets underway, applications for the funds are still being welcomed.

The Funds for Phase One, administered by community charity Groundwork UK, support urban and rural, community, environmental and business projects.

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