THE Studley on the Map project has received a massive £16,000 boost from Warwickshire County Council.
The cash grant takes the scheme, designed to shout about the attractions in the village to £18,726 – and hopes are high there could be more county cash in the pipeline.
Sian Smith from the project said: “We are obviously over the moon as this takes us over the 50 per cent mark and also means we are halfway to our ambitious target.”
The Studley on the Map project is a £36,000 scheme to do just that: Create a website highlighting the attractions of the village and pay for signposts so people can discover and enjoy them.
“I couldn’t believe it when the email came through from County Hall,” said Sian.
“I knew they were going to give us a pledge of some money but for £16,000 to come through just like that was amazing.”
County Councillor Clive Rickhards (Lib Dem, Studley) paid tribute to the project’s steering committee and urged local residents to join the campaign as everyone would benefit from the scheme.
“The Studley on the Map group have shown real expertise and tenacity in getting this far and it just shows what can be done when a community really gets behind a project,” he said.
“It would be good if everyone in the village pledged their support because it this still really important if the project is to be successful.”
A spokesperson for the county said: “We are really impressed with the way you have rallied the crowd in Studley and its great to see how putting Studley on the Map has won the support of the town and the community.
“The project has a fantastic blend of business and community engagement and the skills of the team who pulled this together are shining through as the campaign unfolds – amazing!”
A further sum – possibly as much as £4,000 – could yet arrive from County Hall once it has been established who would maintain the signposts and website.
All money pledged will not be taken out of any account until and if the target of £36,000 is reached.