A community match day car park in Anfield has attracted up to £375,000 of Government funding for projects in North Liverpool.
The car park, on Priory Road, was set up in 2011 to tackle issues with street parking and car crime in the area as part of the Beautiful North Partnership, which was established to improve the local area.
It is run on a not for profit basis by the Flanagan Group, and, so far, has raised £186,000, with the surplus expected to grow further in the 2015/16 football season.
Earlier this month the City Council agreed to use the profits to benefit communities in Anfield, County and Kirkdale with them being transferred to new social enterprise, the Beautiful Ideas Community Interest Company, to invest in projects in North Liverpool which promote jobs and enterprise.
Now on the back of the car park funding, the Beautiful Ideas CIC has attracted further funding of up to £375,000 from the Public Sector Launchpad Accelerator. This is funding from the Cabinet Office delivered by the Big Lottery Fund to fund projects supporting community-based economic growth and innovation in the public services, especially transforming older people’s and children’s services.
Assistant Mayor and Chair of the Beautiful Ideas CIC Councillor Nick Small said, “We need to look at new ways of promoting economic growth in North Liverpool. Doing the same things as we’ve always done will only produce the same results as it has in the past.
“I’m pleased the City Council has been able to leverage in additional funding of £375,000 to this project on top of the £186,000 invested from the community matchday parking. The CIC will soon be opening the call for projects which benefit North Liverpool, so watch this space.”