Communities urged to bid for Breckland Spring Clean cash

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Residents are being encouraged to do more to tidy their communities in an initiative launched by district council chiefs.

A £4,000 fund has been set up by Breckland Council for its Big Spring Clean programme, which will offer grants of up to £200 to organisations to pay for materials towards their projects.

Applicants are also being encouraged to show how their plans can be made sustainable and repeated again in the future.

The scheme is designed to cover five key themes of planting, painting, wildlife, litter and graffiti.

Successful proposals should cover at least one of those themes.

Lynda Turner, the authority’s deputy leader and executive member for community and environmental services, said: “We hope this new initiative will help bring residents together and enable them to deliver a project which makes a difference to them and their communities.

“We’ve outlined five key Big Spring Clean themes and I’m sure people will have lots of ideas for projects.

“The broad themes could incorporate a range of projects, from planting flowerbeds in communal areas, giving a community building a fresh lick of paint, installing bird boxes, or tackling a local litter or graffiti problem.”

Information about how to apply is available by phoning 01362 656219, emailing prideinbreckland@breckland.gov.uk or going online to www.breckland.gov.uk/content/breckland-big-spring-clean.

Applications should be submitted by March 29 and successful schemes must be completed by May 10.