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Staffordshire EU LEADER Programme Showcases Success

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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The Communities Means Business LEADER Programme (part of the Rural Development Programme for England), put on a showcase event at Stowe by Chartley Village Hall earlier this month.

The event was organised by the Community Council of Staffordshire and highlighted a number of important community led developed projects funded through the programme and attendees included Councillor Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, and Steve Gilson from the Policy Unit at DEFRA.

Local funded projects showcased on the day included the Oak Leaf Tea Room at Hilderstone (part of the Oak Tree Farm Rural Project), the new boardwalk and interpretation facility at Gnosall and a 12 month festival of events in Cheadle, highlighting the local work of AWN Pugin, the English architect and designer, best remembered for his work on the interior design of the Palace of Westminster in London but also for his work at St Giles Roman Catholic Church in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The Communities Mean Business Programme, administered by Staffordshire County Council, has funded over 40 local regeneration projects with over £2m being spent on schemes in the LEADER area.

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