How to spend £1m? Villagers have to come up with ideas
THE people of Kirk Hallam have been giving their views on how £1 million of Lottery cash should be spent in the village.
From potholes to playgrounds, residents have told how they would like to see the money spent.
New mum Lindsey Browning, 26, who lives in Woolsthorpe Crescent, said: "I think there needs to be more things for teenagers to do.
"They often hang around the front of the shops and they can be quite intimidating.
"So something for them to do would be great."
The shops were also the focus for Alan Draycott, who regularly visits the area with his mother-in-law, Eileen Spencer, 88, of Norbert Street.
Mr Draycott, 67, of nearby West Hallam, said: "I think the shopping precinct could do with a renovation.
"I don't mean it needs to be knocked down, it just needs sprucing up a bit.
"They could also make sure that all the shops are open and that the ones that are here stay open.
"For Eileen, the shops are a real lifeline. Without them, she would have to go right into Ilkeston to draw her pension."
People will have their first official say on how the money should be spent at a meeting on Friday, January 18, from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Community Hall, Kenilworth Drive.
The £1 million, given by the Big Lottery Fund's Big Local program, is conditional on schemes being completely resident-led so it will be up to people living in Kirk Hallam to identify local needs and design imaginative projects.
The money will be spent over the next 10 years.
The fund is helping 150 small urban and rural communities across England.
Councillor Michelle Booth welcomed the villagers' initial suggestions and appealed for the widest possible input.
She said: "The meeting will be the first chance for the people of Kirk Hallam to get together to discuss how to take this project forward.
"Representatives from the Big Lottery will be there to guide us and I hope that everyone will make it their New Year's resolution to attend."
Other residents have already come forward with initial ideas of how the money should be spent.
Peter Rament, 77, of Dallimore Road, said: "I want those potholes outside the Nisa shop to be fixed.
"I have looked into it and I have been told its highways' responsibility but they haven't done anything.
"That would make a big difference."
Hayley Bannister, 24 of Oliver Road, wanted more help for the local Sure Start centre. She said: "When Denny, my daughter, was born, they were fantastic. They were the best support network you could asked for.
"The centres are struggling for money at the minute and I know some are closing down, so helping them would be great."