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Christmas cash boost for Portswood community groups PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
southern water treatment works signA total of £5,000 has been donated to groups and projects in and around Portswood by Southern Water as part of its Community Grants scheme.

This from Southern Water in their own words:

The grant scheme was set up in conjunction with the  Portswood Wastewater Treatment Works improvement scheme which is designed to reduce the odour produced by the water treatment process.. Southern Water is working with partners Galliford Try to carry out the works, which cost £5.5 million.
A judging panel of Southern Water Project Manager James Rance and other representatives, Vice-Chair of Portswood Central Residents Association and Chair of Friends for Portswood Library, David Wardell, and Southampton City Councillor for Portswood, Paul O'Neill, met this week to decide where grants should be allocated.
The following grants were given:

  •  £1,000 to Victory Gospel Church's Recovered 4 Life project, which offers help those battling alcohol and drug addictions
  •  £1,000 to Friends of Portswood Rec, to help refurbish the park tennis court
  • £1,000 to Yellow Door Solent, a social and domestic violence project seeking funding to support young people and children
  •  £1,000 to Southampton Mencap to support their service users with training at their volunteer cafe which is open to the public
  • £500 to Friends of Riverside Park to help develop a community nature trail
  •  £250 to Denys Friendlies to help fund a coffee machine as part of its service of giving companionship to the elderly and people with mental illness
  •  £250 to Friends of St Denys to help pay for a defibrillator
Project Manager of the works at Portswood Wastewater Treatment Works, James Rance, who was on the panel, said: "We were delighted to have received 15 brilliant applications.  The only downside was the difficulty in deciding how our community grant should be shared out. I'm confident the projects and causes we've chosen will really benefit the community of Portswood."
Mr Wardell, said: "I was delighted at the number and quality of the entries - although this posed a greater challenge for the judging panel.  I hope that these awards will not only be a great boost to the recipients but will also be of greater value to the Portswood community."
"Southern Water's commitment to the Portswood works, and the current upgrade, is impressive.  I'm really pleased that they have sponsored these awards in recognition of the Portswood community's forbearance during construction.  Hopefully our infamous problem of 'Nasty Niffs' will soon be consigned to history."
Cllr O'Neill said: "The Community Grant Programme is helping some very worthy causes that benefit the people of Portswood and St Denys so I was delighted to participate.  These awards will bring smiles to many people's faces just in time for Christmas!"

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