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Culture and sport big winners in Gov's £23m funding boost

Culture and sport big winners in Gov's £23m funding boost

Thursday 15 April 2021

Culture and sport big winners in Gov's £23m funding boost


Major refurbishments to the Jersey Opera House and Arts Centre, an agricultural museum at Hamptonne, upskilling programmes and the first major steps towards removing sport from the Fort will all be made possible after receiving funding boosts worth nearly £23m from Government.

All have today been named recipients of Government’s ‘Fiscal Stimulus Fund’ – a money pot aimed at stimulating the island’s pandemic-hit economy.

All have today been named recipients of Government’s ‘Fiscal Stimulus Fund’ – a money pot aimed at stimulating the island’s pandemic-hit economy. 

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Pictured: The largest chunk of funding - £3.15m – is going towards the refurbishment and improvement of facilities at Oakfield as part of the wider strategy to move sports out of Fort Regent.

The fund’s first applications phase received 93 expressions of interest for the grants worth up to £5m from Government departments, charities and arm’s-length organisations worth £102.4m – of these 47 were deemed to meet the fund’s criteria of providing targeted and timely support to the island’s economy.

The majority involve construction, maintenance or refurbishment of local facilities.

The largest chunk of funding - £3.15m – is going towards the refurbishment and improvement of facilities at Oakfield as part of the wider strategy to move sports out of Fort Regent and create a network of training locations across the island. Springfield, meanwhile, is getting £1.96m for an upgrade as part of the plan. 

A total of £5.1m is going towards refurbishing the Jersey Opera House (£2.2 million), which has been closed since the start of the pandemic, and Jersey Arts Centre (£2.9 million). 

The next largest funding boost - £1.7m – is destined for a technology-based skills programme. No details of the programme have been revealed.

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Pictured:Jersey Opera House, which has been closed since the start of the pandemic, will be receiving £2.2 million for its refurbishment.

A Fiscal Stimulus Oversight Group was set up to oversee the programme – made up of the Treasurer, the Chief Economic Advisor, the Group Director for External Relations, and two independent members appointed by the Treasury Minister – but the Treasury Minister Deputy Susie Pinel, made the final decisions on who should benefit. 

She received recommendations from the Economic Recovery Political Oversight Group – including the Chief Minister, Economic Development Minister, External Relations Minister and Education Minister – and the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, which is Chaired by Senator Kristina Moore.

“The number of applications to the Fiscal Stimulus Fund demonstrate that there is a wealth of potential on the Island, with many organisations who have ambitious plans to help the island’s recovery,” Deputy Pinel said.

There will be a further opportunity to apply for funding in the second phase, the Government has said.

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Pictured: £1.31million will go towards Hamptonne for the creation of an agricultural museum.

The full list of recipients…

Arts and Heritage

Jersey Arts Centre – refurbishment and maintenance £2.96m 

Jersey Opera House – refurbishment and maintenance £2.24m

Hamptonne – create agricultural museum £1.31m

La Hougue Bie – completion of La Hougue Bie site masterplan to improve visitor experience £271,302 

Sport

Oakfield – improvements to facility as part of strategy to move sports out of Fort Regent £3.15m

Springfield –  improvements to facility as part of strategy to move sports out of Fort Regent £1.96m

FB Fields – demolish pavilion and build improved facility £568,500

Grainville Cricket Facility – refurbishments £300,000

Jersey Padel – build additional padel courts at St. Clement recreational ground and provide coaching/training opportunities £425,350

Jersey Spartans Athletic Club – upgrades to clubhouse £580,000 

Jersey Race Club – racecourse improvements £37,500

Young people 

Jersey Scouts – improving facilities at St. Luke’s £50,328

Kenneth Faucon Hall – replacement of doors, windows and flooring to improve use for young people £50,694

First Tower Youth Project – improve disability access, unused areas, lifts and toilets £1.5m 

Crabbé – upgrade facilities for use by Youth Service and for Duke of Edinburgh scheme £32,000 

Trinity Youth Centre – refurbishments for use by Youth Service and Scouts £828,330 

Air Cadets – upgrade facilities £203,600

Coronation Park Paddling Pool – replace and upgrade pool £749,650

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Pictured: Acorn will receive £808,336  to build a new collections, processing and delivery hub for donations.

Skills 

Employment support package to help islanders move back into paid employment £1.25m 

RETRAIN Skills, Technology-led skills programme £1.7m

Community upgrades/maintenance  

Ebenezer Church – create kitchen refreshment area to serve community £11,000 

Jersey Baptist Church – modernising church £164,850 

Howard Davis Hall - redevelopment into a community and events space £750,000

Brook Jersey – lease refurbishments of new rental property £188,992

RJA&HS – refurbishment of facilities ahead of 2021 event season £495,000 

Charity  

Acorn - building a new collections, processing and delivery hub for donations £808,336 

Enable Jersey – develop disabled changing facilities and toilets in Winston Churchill Park £87,000

Jersey Cheshire Home – adding solar panels to reduce carbon footprint £67,094

Other 

Jersey Citizens Advice – website improvements £50,000

Jersey Consumer Council – website upgrade to improve security £37,000


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Posted by Private Individual on
Hang on a moment?

Fort Regent was only costing £500.000 a year to run but they have now found £5 million to remove the sport from it?

Something is seriously wrong with this decision and the motives behind it.
Posted by Private Individual on
Hang on a minute!

Fort Regent only cost £500,000 a year to run but now it's already cost taxpayers over £5 million for Spring field and Oakfield to move sport out of the fort!

This is crazy!

This is ludicrous!

A full investigation should take place as to why this money has not been allocated to the fort other than its been politically motivated since 2002 to move sport out of the fort and give it to the private sector.
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