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January 20, 2014 8:33 PM

The Local Joint Committee for the Bishops Castle, Clun and Chirbury areas is to press on with its work despite the scrapping of its funding for community grant awards by Shropshire Council.

Charlotte Barnes, Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, said "Since they were set up in 2009 Local Joint Committees have done sterling work in bringing Parish Councils and Shropshire Council together to discuss key issues. We have also been able to summon public bodies such as the Ambulance service and the police to talk about their service to our communities.

"Just as important was the Committees function is awarding grants to clubs and societies working on projects in our area. Crucially over the last few years these grants have provided match funding to bring in £2 million from big funders such as the lottery. This is a big cash boost to an area like ours."

Nigel Hartin, Councillor for Clun, added: "The removal of the grant pot by Shropshire Council will be felt keenly across the County. However the Committee felt strongly that we must work hard to make up this deficit by finding other sources of income to fund our community grant scheme.

"To this end, my fellow councillors and I will be approaching a number of charitable grant awarding bodies over the next few weeks. The Committee's grant awarding role is much too valuable a resource to loose."