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Lichfield MP urges community groups to tap in to HS2 environmental funding pot

Lichfield’s MP has urged local groups to ensure they get something back from HS2 by applying for money from a new fund.

The HS2 Community Environmental Fund is designed to give something back to community projects in areas where construction is likely to impact residents.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant said community groups should follow the lead of organisations such as Woodhouse Farm and Garden in Fisherwick which received a £10,000 grant to help develop a multi-use indoor area.

“It will be used as a learning, meeting and community space throughout the year,” the Conservative MP said. “The new venue will offer somewhere warm and dry to hold indoor events or provide an alternative venue if weather isn’t good enough for outdoor events.

“There will be a new enclosed kitchen suitable for supporting a small café project. The cafe will be a self-financing volunteering project which will offer skills and experience to those who are unemployed, need support and will help to building confidence.

“I now want other local groups to apply for grants. As well as the HS2 Community Environmental Fund, there is also the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund.

“We should take advantage of these.”

More details about funding that is available from HS2 can be found online.

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