A COMMUNITY can now enjoy improved access to its riverside village green thanks to a cash boost from the district council.

Hambleton District Councillors awarded West Tanfield Memorial Committee £2,500 for the renovation of the Marmion Tower Steps from their ‘Making a Difference’ awards.

The funding stream - now in its second year – was established for schemes that ‘make a difference’ to Hambleton communities.

Each of the five market towns and the surrounding areas – Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk, Easingwold and Bedale – takes £25,000 with elected councillors choosing which schemes can be helped.

Ward Member, Councillor David Webster, said: “The steps leading from the tower down to the river were in a dangerous state and in need of renovating to prevent a serious accident.

“The renovation has not only enhanced a lovely river walk but has improved the access for the elderly and those less mobile down to the river.”

Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from an ongoing cost saving exercise by the council that members have agreed to reinvest in the community