Cash needed to put plan in place

COMMUNITY chiefs are raising money to fund a new worker to oversee regeneration in a disadvantaged area.

Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership and Accent Housing Foundation need £40,000 to pay for a new development worker who will drive forward community-led plans to revitalise Easington Colliery.

Partnership bosses are raising funds to cover the salary and an office base.

The new post would oversee a Community Plan, a framework for development which many villages are using to set out priorities for change over the next 10 years and beyond.

Accent’s community organiser, Michael Fishwick, said: “We are supporting Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership to try to fundraise so they can employ a development worker.

“The partnership wants to set up a Community Plan for Easington Colliery.

“The plan will set out the priorities for the village. Lots have them now.

“The partnership wants to do to the same, but to do that they are going to look at employing somebody to help them with it.”

About £2,000 has been raised so far, through proceeds from community events,.

Brass on the Grass, which saw Easington Colliery Brass Band play at the village’s Church of Ascension, raised £100.

The partnership has also applied to bodies including The Co-operative Community Fund.

The village’s representatives on Durham County Council, Dr David Boyes and Alan Barker, are also contributing towards the cost.

Mr Fishwick said: “We would like to have somebody in place by next year.

“It depends on funds and we have got to source these funds. The project is a community-led plan. It would be the residents who put it together, rather than an outside body or agency.

“It would be about how they would like to see Easington Colliery develop,”

Anyone who can help with fundraising can call Mr Fishwick on (0191) 5691509.