Around £55,000 has been made available for councillors to spend on projects in Great Harwood - however they have warned residents ‘there will be no more’.
Hyndburn Council have agreed to unfreeze left over monies from the recently abolished Area Council.
Great Harwood Area Council had around £33,000 capital funding left over from previous years and has been granted a final capital budget of around £19,000 for this year.
They also have a total revenue budget of just over £3,000 however this will need to be used to fund future Christmas events.
Ward councillor Kerry Molineux told a residents meeting that ‘this is all we’re going to get’.
She said: “There will be no more money in future years but there is no time limit on which we have to spent it
“If we are prudent, which we have shown previously, we can make sure the money is spent well and on the capital projects that are important to people in Great Harwood.
“We usually spend all our revenue budget because we accept grants from community agencies and groups in Great Harwood to help towards their running costs.
“Unfortunately we have made the decision going forward that we won’t be able to give those revenue grants out just because Christmas comes out of the area council budget and we may need to purchase things to help us run the area meetings.”
All capital budgets to former area councils including Great Harwood have been cut by 10 per cent to fund a new software system to improve the way information is given to the public.
Coun Molineux said the lack of further funding is down to council cuts.
She said: “We are looking now proactively across Great Harwood at what capital projects we can fund.
“We will probably end up match-funding certain projects because we want this money to go as far as it can.
“I think we should be really please with what we have come away but we need to be mindfully that is it.
“It’s purely down to budgetary restraints as the council resources are getting squeezed and squeezed.”
Fellow ward councillor and Lancashire County Councillor Gareth Molineux said community groups and societies can apply to him for funding allocated to him through the county council each year.