Access grant funding to increase economic vitality in your market town or village

South Oxfordshire District Council has set aside £150,000 until March 2015 to help pay for town and village centre improvements that will improve economic vitality. 

The council’s town and village infrastructure fund has now committed nearly £45,000 supporting projects in our towns and villages that increase footfall or improve the appearance of town and village centres.  Town and Parish Councils in Henley, Thame, Wallingford or in one of the larger villages (Berinsfield, Benson, Chalgrove, Chinnor, Cholsey, Crowmarsh Gifford, Goring, Nettlebed, Sonning Common, Watlington, Wheatley or Woodcote) can apply for funding to help pay for capital infrastructure improvements. 
 
To date, the council has awarded funding to support:

Henley Town Council to purchase Christmas trees and Christmas lighting infrastructure to automate the Christmas lights switch-on and add to the ‘wow’ factor associated with the Living Advent Calendar and invested in new floral display planters to make Henley in Bloom even more spectacular. 

Thame Town Council to purchase a new Millenium planter which doubles as a circular seat and 21st Century Thame to purchase a new generator and sound system for the Thame equipment bank.   This was used at Thame Carnival this year.

In Wallingford there will be new Christmas lights this year to make the lights switch on event even more special; the Town Council are going to purchase equipment for Wallingford’s own equipment pool that will be available for hire at community events and there are plans to replace the new York stone paving in the Market Place.  Two-way radios are now available for hire for the town’s festivals and community events.  Wallingford museum have purchased new software to make it easier for visitors to research their genealogical and historical connections.

Goring has invested in new Christmas lights and the Goring & Streatley arts festival were able to buy street decorations because of the grant funding.  The communities are also hoping to create a new visitor web-site.  The economic development team have also worked with Goring & Streatley to help them create a new visitor leaflet.   

Chinnor parish council have bought new noticeboards and seating and have designed and created new information boards to celebrate their Agatha Christie connections and make it easier for visitors to find out information about their famous literary resident.

There is still over £100,000 of funding for capital projects that increase footfall, spending and economic vitality in your town or village centre.  Approach your town and parish council ask them to apply for funding today!  Or contact economic.development@southandvale.gov.uk or phone 01235 540390