The LCT through the Lyvennet Community Planning Group has become involved in the Government’s Big Society initiative.
The LCT affordable housing scheme along with other community projects; pub cooperative, anaerobic digester, nursery provision etc were all seen as inspirational by our local MP, Rory Stewart.
He lobbied Government for three community groups in Eden, to become a vanguard for the ‘Big Society’. In July 2010 the Government announced that the Eden Valley; comprising Upper Eden, Heart of Eden and Lyvennet Valley Community Plan groups, had been selected as one of four pilot or vanguard groups for the initiative. The Cumbria, Eden Valley group is the only pilot which is completely community driven. Local authorities are leading the other three groups in Liverpool, Sutton in south London, and Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire.
The selection has created a substantial amount of press interest in the work of the LCT, given that the affordable housing project is by far the most advanced. In addition the LCT has had visits from Government Cabinet Ministers and advisors along with representatives from key Government Departments.