Community's ideas to spend £1million

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2013


A SWIMMING pool, pub, community gym and more CCTV are some of the ideas being considered in the Big Worle Project - which has seen the area gifted with £1million.

The cash has been allocated to a part of Worle, stretching from St Mark’s Church to Priory Community School and Castle Batch Community Centre to New Bristol Road, from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will be spent over 10 years and can be put towards anything that the community agrees will make a difference. A list of ideas have now been drafted with help from residents.

Suggestions such as nature trails, gardening schemes, cycle paths, an internet café and a parent support group have come from community researchers in a bid to form an action plan to help spend the pot of money.

Rebecca Mear, chief executive of Voluntary Action North Somerset, is one of the co-ordinators and says spending decisions will be driven by Worle residents.

She said: “Local people will be in the driving seat and will find out the aspirations of others in the area.

“Not a penny will be spent until there is a community plan.”

Worle residents have also voiced the need for more signs, regular community events, lighting of public spaces, Zumba classes and a Love Worle campaign.

These ideas will be discussed between the project’s steering group and the community before a final draft is produced for the plan.

To get your views across or to find out more about the Big Worle Project visit the website at

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