Cabinet considered proposals for part of the Ramsgate Levelling Up Fund programme that included the establishment of a physical and digital presence in deprived neighbourhoods to support outreach and training. In Newington, this would provide a commercial training kitchen facility supporting initial skills development and community enterprise in food.
Members were asked to approve the recommendation in the report to provide a grant of up to £500,000 to Newington Community Association for the delivery of this project. The grant would be used to extend the building to allow the creation of a kitchen training facility and make enhancements to the building to create a space where local residents can access the building to discuss barriers to employment and consider new training and employment opportunities.
Councillor Everitt spoke under Council Procedure 20.1.
Councillor Pugh proposed, Councillor Kup seconded and Cabinet agreed the following:
1. To approve the use of Grants which exceed £250,000 to third parties to deliver the agreed Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities funded project:
· Up to £500,000 to Newington Community Association to deliver the Access to Opportunities Project in Newington Community Centre;
2. The grant agreement is signed under Deed, by the Interim Head of Legal & Monitoring Officer, and the Acting Deputy Chief Executive & S151 Officer, and is witnessed by a Member of the Council.