Devolved Budget funding has enabled Upperton ward councillors to give more than £6,300 to community projects.
Cllrs Pat Rodohan, Margaret Salsbury and Sammy Choudhury have helped with a project to refurbish the hall at St Michael and All Angels Church in Willindgon Road. Their £2,000 donation has gone towards making the pathway safe and upgrading the facilities.
A variety of community groups already use the hall and it is hoped that the improvements will encourage other groups, including adult dancing and painting classes, and it will be suitable for family functions.
Cllr Rodohan said: “There’s a shortage of community facilities in the ward for people of all ages, so we were happy to make a contribution to improve the hall at St Michael and All Angels Church.”
Other schemes the councillors have supported include The Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park. The group requested £1,445 to pay for new plants in the rock garden which has been cleared at Manor Gardens and money towards the recent Easter Egg hunt there.
In Hartfield Square near the town centre, £2,890 was requested to pay for two short access paths into the play area to improve access.