Reeth may be regarded as an idyllic place to live by many of its residents, but a helping hand can make the community better still.

Reeth may be regarded as an idyllic place to live by many of its residents, but a helping hand can make the community better still.

Money from the county council’s localities budget – the funds provided to each county councillor to spend on supporting the communities they represent – has had a positive impact on the Reeth area.

The funds allocated to Upper Dales County Councillor Yvonne Peacock, who represents the area, have gone towards a number of projects in and around Reeth.

These have included the upgrading of Reeth playground, support for Hudson House’s operation during the pandemic and a contribution towards a project to rebuild riverbanks damaged by flood water and the debris it carried. This latter work was led by Grinton and Ellerton Parish Council, with financial support needed even though volunteer farmers were responsible for much of the work to help to protect the area from future flooding.

Often, these county council funds have unlocked further funding that the community has been able to secure.