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Small Scale Enhancements Scheme

Where is the project? 

The project was initially set up within the North York Moors National Park. It is now being extended to cover the wider North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area.

About the LEADER Area / Local Action Group 

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills area covers the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the rural part of Redcar and Cleveland, and the northern part of the Vale of Pickering.

The Local Action Group (LAG) is a group of individuals who broadly represent the interests of the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area and its communities. They are responsible for electing the LEADER Executive Group.

The LAG helps to set policy and provide strategic steer to the LEADER Executive Group, who are tasked with delivery of the programme, including decisions on which projects are supported.

What is the project? 

The LEADER Small Scale Enhancements Scheme brings together a number of small scale village and community based conservation, environment and heritage related enhancements into one project.

It supports activity that has community support and aims to enhance the local environment and strengthen community cohesion. It also provides support to community groups to celebrate, care for and share their heritage and culture, and helps to safeguard and develop the working landscape.

Individual activities within the scheme can cost up to a total of £5,000, with larger proposals in excess of £5,000 being directed to the main LEADER programme.

Examples of activities include:

Uncovering trods - These are ancient stone track ways used by pilgrims, a number of which are overgrown and lost (those that have survived often form footpaths or bridleways). Many villages have expressed a desire to see them retained due to the link they provide with the history of the village and the practical benefits of improved access in and around their communities.

Restoration of old Highway signs - Many signs are in prominent positions and line the main arteries running through the LEADER area, their neglect can have a detrimental impact on the character and perceived quality of the wider landscape and village street scene. Many villages and communities feel passionate about these signs and have requested to see them retained, restored and in some cases reinstated.

Who’s involved?

North York Moors National Park Authority
Ryedale District Council
Yorkshire Forward (Defra/EU)
One North East 

How does it support the community?

Many potential small scale projects identified by villagers are never brought to fruition due to a lack of time, expertise or funding to help develop them further.

This project aims to works with communities to help them develop their identified priorities for the enhancement of their area. These priorities are then implemented with the support of the scheme co-ordinator.

The scheme helps getting these priorities off the ground by assisting with the difficulties of research, designs, getting specialist quotes and the final costs of carrying out the improvement.

Key successes 

Since the start of the LEADER Small Scale Enhancements Scheme in January 2009 there have been over 50 enquiries.

Lessons learnt 

Local communities have benefited from having a central management of administration for one over arching project.

This project has tackled an issue that solves long standing problems which has meant that the scheme has been well received.

How much grant did you receive from the LEADER Programme? 

The first two phases of the project are operating with £326,762 from the North York Moors Coast and Hills LEADER programme. 

Joint funding from the North York Moors National Park Authority and Ryedale District Council will play a key part in making LEADER funding go further.

Local Action Group Contact  

Mike Horrocks
Moors Coast and Hills LEADER Programme
North York Moors National Park Authority
Tel: 01439 770657