High Peak community projects get crime money

Rachel Monteath with Sean Whewell of New Mills Town Council.
Rachel Monteath with Sean Whewell of New Mills Town Council.

Two High Peak community projects are to receive over £50,000 as a result of a scheme which ploughs criminals’ ill-gotten gains into good causes.

The Friends of New Mills Parks group received £40,000 towards the redevelopment of Bowden Crescent Park and Glossop-based Gamesley FC was awarded £16,824 to improve club facilities.

The NICE Fund (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) was launched last year to provide funds to projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their communities.

Chair of Friends of New Mills Parks, Rachel Monteath, said: “We are delighted to have been granted an award to develop the park and we are so excited to work with the Ollersett community to develop the space for people of all ages to use and enjoy.”

And Mick Dewhurst, from Gamesley FC, said: “We are very grateful to receive funding for our community football team.

“This will enable us to upgrade some facilities which have been vandalised, and put us in line with more affluent communities.”

The funding, distributed in grants of up to £40,000, is a proportion of the income confiscated from criminals in Derbyshire under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The legislation provides police officers with the powers to seize cash and recover valuable assets that have been bought by criminals through their illegal profits including property, cars and jewellery.