Projects in the Cerne Valley have benefited from nearly £10,000 of funding from local councils.
West Dorset District Council (WDDC) has been working closely with Cerne Valley Parish Council to allocate Section 106 money from local developers – social funding they are obliged to pay when they build new housing developments.
West Dorset also used money from its own Leisure Development Fund (LDF) to bring the total to £4,200, while the rest of the funding was made up by the parish council.
Cllr Mary Penfold, portfolio holder at WDDC, said: “We are really pleased that important public spaces such as the play area and allotments in the Cerne Valley area have benefited from additional funding. We know how valuable they are to local residents.”
Wayne Lewin, clerk to the Cerne Valley Parish Council, said: “Without the funding from S106 and LDF, projects such as these – which will benefits residents and visitors alike – would never have happened. They will benefit not only this generation but also the next.”
Projects to receive funding were: tarmac at entrance to Kettle Bridge car park £5,000 (total cost £10,000); poly tunnels at the allotments in Cerne Abbas £190 (cost £200); new safety surface at the play area in Duck Street £4,169 (cost £10,500).