£3million heritage project plan scuppered

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PLANS to obtain £3m Heritage Lottery funding to regenerate the Ancholme waterside in Brigg town centre appear to have been dashed.

Chairman of the Ancholme River Users Group, North Lincolnshire Councillor Rob Waltham, told the summer group meeting he had recently been visited in Brigg by Fiona Spiers of Heritage Lottery.

“It was disappointing in that she did not appear very interested in what we want in the bigger river project,” he said.

However, Ms Spiers had indicated small amounts of money might be available for improving walkways, sign posting and better fishing bays.

Coun Waltham added attention could now turn to a funding bid to ‘land fill’.

In the longer term the meeting felt it would back a move for the group to obtain charity status or put the Ancholme into a River Trust scheme.

“Clearly the Heritage Lottery are not going to go for a £3m funding for the Ancholme redevelopment and we need to be adaptable enough to look at other ideas to obtain funding,” said Coun Waltham.