The Town Council was told at last night’s full council meeting that the Millennium Green Trust, the charity that manages the Meadow, has been awarded a Lottery grant of £47,000 through the ‘Community Spaces’ grants programme.

Councillor Linda Thomas has been working with the charity, including its chairman Graham Burgess, to secure the grant.

The money will be spent on things like a new timber and wire fence along the border with Winchester Street, to help reduce the chances of dogs running out into the road; An independent power supply to the Meadow, replacing the private existing link to a neighbour’s supply; Picnic table repairs and replacement; New seats, supplementing the £2000 already raised for a sculptural seat; Grounds reinforcement; Signage; and further restoration of the historic sluices.

The works are planned to begin in the spring, with completion of many items in time for the summer holidays. The charity says that where possible local contractors will be employed.

A full description is on the Meadow website here: