Deprived Merseyside and Cheshire areas get Lotto funds

Two deprived areas in Cheshire and Merseyside are to get £1m each from The Big Lottery Fund.

People in Windmill Hill, Runcorn St Oswald and Netherton will get a chance to decide how to spend the cash.

The money could be spent on anything from creating new community facilities to training and employment schemes or providing more youth activities.

It is taken from a £200m Big Lottery Fund scheme called Big Local.

Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund Head of 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."

The Big Lottery Fund said the chosen communities had a history of difficulty in getting support and funding from anywhere and may face issues from the decline of local industry, high unemployment or low average wages, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.

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