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Groundwork Foundation (Nottingham)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he plans to establish a groundwork foundation and trust in Nottingham; how it will be financed; what is its purpose; and if he will make a statement.

The Groundwork Foundation is currently discussing with the local authorities in Nottingham the possibility of establishing a groundwork trust in the city. The proposal is still in its early stages and the area to be covered by the trust has not yet been decided. The core costs of groundwork trusts are funded by my Department, local authorities and the private sector. The Groundwork Foundation has allocated £40,000 in 190–91 to the proposed Nottingham groundwork trust from funds provided by the Department. I understand that the level of financial support from the local authorities and the private sector is still to be determined. The role of the trust will be to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors in Nottingham to tackle the area's environmental problems for the long term benefit of the local community.