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Newton Aycliffe residents association's £40,000 MUGA campaign on track
A RESIDENTS association is well on its way to raising the £40,000 needed for a new sports facility in the Newton Aycliffe.
Horndale Residents Association (HRA) was set up last year in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour and create more opportunities for young people in the Greenfield and Horndale areas of the town.
The group’s primary mission was a fundraising campaign to create a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on the playing fields opposite Greenfield Community College on Greenfield Way.
At HRA’s first annual general meeting last week, Chairman Philip Clark announced the group had already raised £34,650 and was likely to hit its £40,000 fundraising target by the end of the year.
He said he was confident the additional funds could be secured, adding: “There is support for the project right across the board, from the police and the council, to schools and youth groups.”
Contributors to date include: livin, county councillors John Clare, Mike Dixon and Joan Grey, Newton Aycliffe Evangelical Church, Honest John, Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club, Great Aycliffe Town Council’s youth council, the proceeds of crime act, the Friends of Neville Parade Community Centre and Rocsolid.
Great Aycliffe Town Council, which owns the site, has also agreed to carry out the ground work and to maintain the MUGA once it is complete.
The residents association has also applied for £2,500 from Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership’s Your Money, Your Area, Your Views grant scheme.
Mr Clark is urging residents to vote for the project at a public forum event at Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre on Burn Lane on Saturday, November 23.
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