A SIX-FIGURE sum will be spent on community facilities in Oxfordshire.

The Government has provided £100,000, set to be split equally between Berinsfield and Dalton Barracks, both of which were given garden village status in June 2019.

In Berinsfield, £50,000 will go towards community facilities as part of plans to build approximately 1,700 new homes.

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Robin Bennett, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We know that Berinsfield residents want improved services and facilities in the village, and this funding will help our team to build on the work they have already been doing with local organisations and the community to help make this happen.”

Herald Series: Robin Bennett, of South Oxfordshire District Council, who set up Wood Festival. Picture: Tim HughesRobin Bennett, of South Oxfordshire District Council, who set up Wood Festival. Picture: Tim Hughes

The other £50,000 will go to Dalton Barracks Garden Village, to help put together a master plan for a new community to be built which includes new homes, shops and businesses, community facilities, and green spaces.

Judy Roberts, cabinet member for development and infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’re pleased that the Government has allocated the funds to help us develop the site at Dalton Barracks.

“Having garden status allows us to plan a whole new development, which can include better quality homes, community facilities and natural areas where wildlife can thrive, and our residents can enjoy.”

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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