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Big Local is a 10 year programme that aims to achieve lasting change in 150 areas in England. The Fishwick and St Matthews wards or Inner East Preston being chosen as one of the 150 areas due to the area not receiving a proportionate share of Big Lottery funding over several years.
Big Local provides a mixture of funding, finance and support. It seeks to enable people who live in the areas to build on local talents and aspirations so they can identify and act on their own needs to make their areas even better places to live, both now and in years to come.
Big Local supports communities to identify issues and plan and develop solutions. This provides a sustainable approach to long-term issues and ultimately creates even better places to live.
Big Local aims to achieve the following outcomes:
Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews (FOFS) were delighted when the Big Local awarded the £1 million for Fishwick and St Matthews area.
The group used the outcomes from the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan consultation and combined them with the findings from the Big Local Plan consultation. What makes both plans vital and authentic is that they were put together as a result of extensive community consultation over a two year period.
FOFS are now working on delivering their first year plan.
FOFS have a website with all the up to date information.
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