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Craven District Council grants back sports riding the Olympic wave
New table tennis clubs have been given grants by Craven District Council – but rail campaigning group Selrap had its application for £1,000 towards half the cost of a newsletter turned down.
Councillors were told that Austwick’s senior table tennis club wanted to develop a new club aimed at ten to 16-year-olds, while a new table tennis club and schools coaching programme were being proposed at Sandylands Sports Centre.
But an application for £1,000 by Selrap towards the cost of producing its bi-monthly magazine Craven Rail, promoting its campaign to reinstate the Skipton to Colne railway line, was turned down because councillors felt newsletters were outdated.
Councillors were told that Selrap wanted £1,000 towards the production of 10,000 copies of just one newsletter, which had a total cost of £2,400.
But it was agreed that there were more efficient and cost-effective ways of getting the message across, such as e-mail.
The committee also found favour with a group of young people in Hellifield who were working hard to establish a cycle pump track in the Station Road play area.
The group, which had organised fundraising events towards the cost of the £2,250 project, was awarded £493 on the condition the design of the track complied with national guidelines.
Junior football club, Cross Hills Cosmos, was awarded £500 towards its development plans and Tosside Indoor Bowling Club was awarded £425 towards the cost of a replacement mat.
Councillors also approved a grant of £1,000 to Settle Primary School towards the setting up of a new judo club based at the school.
The committee was told that the aim was to build on the Olympics legacy and establish the first judo club for Craven. It would initially be linked to the existing Kendal Judo Club before branching out on its own. It would be mainly focused on young people, but would also be open to adults.