Six projects share a £900k lottery funding windfall

Arron Boyd, Lewis Kirk, Katie Sanderson, Rory Crosgrove and Ryan Nelson at Broxburn United Sports Club.  Picture: Alan Rennie
Arron Boyd, Lewis Kirk, Katie Sanderson, Rory Crosgrove and Ryan Nelson at Broxburn United Sports Club. Picture: Alan Rennie
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Six community projects across the Capital and the Lothians are celebrating after landing a massive lottery windfall.

The Big Lottery Fund has dished out £895,274 as part of its Community Spaces Scotland scheme.

In total, £10 million was awarded to good causes across Scotland as part of today’s announcement.

The biggest grant in the Lothians has gone to Broxburn United Sports Club, which will use the £250,000 boost to build a new indoor facility at its Albyn Park home. Club secretary Alan ­Cunningham said the space would cater for various activities, such as dance classes and indoor bowls for older people.

More than 700 children use the club each week, and Mr Cunningham said he expected the “Room For All” to be completed by the end of the year.

West Lothian’s Dedridge Environment Ecology Project (DEEP) will also be improving the facilities in Lanthorn Park after it received £218,227.

The existing sports pitch will be replaced with a new multi-use games area, modern play equipment and a walking circuit

David Cleghorn, chair of DEEP, said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the grant, which would allow work to begin soon. Crags Community Sports Centre plans to spend its £61,633 grant on a play ­corridor for children, a community garden and improved access to the centre by installing new paths and lighting.

Family and Community Development West Lothian, in Broxburn, is also using its £60,258 grant for play – as it can now go ahead with plans to replace an old tower slide.

Chief executive Raymond Branton said a replacement would be appreciated by more than 200 children who use the facility at any one time.

Pupils at Mayfield Primary School are also in for a treat after it was decided their grant of £93,388 will be used to employ a play specialist who will be transforming the school’s entrance and play areas as well as installing new adventure equipment and a large sand area.

Headteacher Jo MacFarlane said the grant was the biggest in the school’s history.

Craigmillar Community Arts has been awarded £211,768 to carry out major refurbishment of their centre in a Grade B- listed former church.

A mezzanine floor and stage will be installed creating better access to the basement as well as increased storage, an improved kitchen and heating.

Who gets what

BROXBURN United received £250,000 to create a “Room for All” at Albyn Park.

West Lothian’s Dedridge Environment Ecology Project was awarded £218,227 to improve Lanthorn Park.

Crags Community Sports Centre got £61,633 for a “Play Corridor”. Family and Community Development West Lothian, in Broxburn, received £60,258 to replace an old slide.

Mayfield Primary School will use £93,388 on a play specialist.

Craigmillar Community Artsis using its £211,768 to refurbish their centre.