£1m. Lottery boost for Bradley

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THE Bradley area of Nelson is to receive more than £1m. in Lottery funding over the next 10 years - and residents will be asked to play a part in the revival of the area.

The Big Lottery Fund said Bradley was one of three areas in Lancashire chosen for funding because they had a history of experiencing difficulty getting support and funding.

The other areas are in Burnley and Blackpool.

The news has been welcomed locally, with Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson saying: “Over the past 18 months, I have encouraged local groups to apply for more lottery cash because many did not know what was available.

“This investment in community projects in Bradley is great news and I hope residents will play an active role in deciding how the money should be spent.”

Pendle councillor for Bradley Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said he hoped the grant would give a significant boost to the area as it had missed out in the past and was optimistic locals would have their say in how it was spent.

He said he hoped that some of the money could be used in tackling youth unemployment, which was a particular problem in Bradley.

Helen Bullough, head of the Big Lottery Fund’s North West region, said: “This funding scheme is going to put residents in these areas at the heart of decision-making and give them a real say in how to improve their local area.

“But more than that, it’s going to strengthen these communities and help local people to build on their skills and experience so that they can continue to work together to overcome challenges, address local problems, and make a positive difference in their communities over the next 10 years and beyond.”