Ideas are needed where £17,000 should be spent in Oakham

Councillors Mark Woodcock, left, and Richard Gale at the old showground site, part of which they hope will be available for community use
Councillors Mark Woodcock, left, and Richard Gale at the old showground site, part of which they hope will be available for community use

PART of Oakham is to have £17,000 spent on it after a grant from the Government.

Oakham north west ward was deemed by the Government to be the area of the county most in need of the money for various projects and now county councillors Mark Woodcock (Ind) and Richard Gale (Ind) are looking for residents to come forward to form a committee.

They are hoping that by forming the committee new ideas and new faces will come out of the woodwork and the money will be invested wisely.

Coun Woodcock said: “We are looking for people to form the committee that will help develop a vision for Oakham north west and how this funding could be used to help deliver it.

“Ideally, we’d like around half a dozen people who will review the needs of the ward and identify funding needs. If you are interested in being part of this committee then please contact either myself or Coun Gale.”

The Government has invested money into each county in the country and has decided itself where the money should be spent.

Coun Gale added: “This funding has been allocated to Oakham north west ward and it’s up to local people to decide local priorities.

“Once the committee is established, I would encourage members of the community to get involved as much as possible with developing the community plan.

“I’m sure the committee will welcome input from across the Oakham north west ward and I look forward to hearing about some new and fresh ideas.”

Oakham north west stretches from Braunston Road to Barleythorpe and includes some of the houses in Ashwell Road.

The old showground in Barleythorpe Road is in the ward and Coun Woodcock and Coun Gale are hoping that some of the ideas that are put forward by the committee will include utilising this space as there has been a lot of speculation about what will happen to it in the past.

If you are interested in being part of the panel that allocates funding, please contact either coun Richard Gale on 01572 757770 or e-mail rgale@rutland.gov.uk or coun Mark Woodcock on 01572 755814 or e-mail mwoodcock@rutland.gov.uk