A VILLAGE hall which suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after vandals struck has received funding to keep it secure.
Funding for Netherseal Village Hall, in Main Street, was the only application in the Linton ward area received by the Safer Neighbourhood Scheme which aims to reduce the fear of crime.
It has led Phil Marriott, Safer Neighbourhood officer, to urge other community groups seeking funding to come forward.
The Safer Neighbourhood Scheme has been developed in South Derbyshire and is being co-ordinated by the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership.
The Safer Neighbourhood Funding stream is available to all local community groups, clubs and associations. The aim is to give local people the opportunity to initiate and develop projects to make their community feel safer and enhance the local community.
The village hall made an application to the partnership saying it had been targeted in previous years and in July last year it had £1,000 worth of equipment stolen and damage to the building.
Tony Stone, who put in the application, added: “It was particularly nasty, the fire extinguisher was set off, and stuff was thrown around and as it is in a conservation area there is not a lot we can do.”
Mr Marriott said: “They are asking for £788 for an intruder alarm and electronic keys for all users.
“It has received funding in the past and is a great asset to the community.”
The Safer Neighbourhoods Fund for the whole of the South Derbyshire District is £24,000. This is divided up to £4,000 per Safer Neighbourhood area. Project applications will need to show what they will do and how they will impact on reducing crime, fear of crime or anti social behaviour in the local community.
Further information is available by phoning 01283 595858.