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Marlborough’s hidden poverty problem to be discussed by Area Board

With its public school, posh shops and car parks dominated by high-end motors, it’s hard to imagine that Marlborough has a poverty problem.

But with families in rural isolation, few employment opportunities within walking distance and little public transport availability, hard-to-heat old houses, and the bottom rung of the property ladder well out of reach of many first-time buyers pockets of deprivation do exist in the town.

Poverty is the topic for discussion at Marlborough Area Board on Tuesday evening.

The meeting will be hearing from Marlborough Area Poverty Action Group about it’s work on tackling this situation and the projects it wishes to take forward.

Last summer, the group helped to fund children and young people to take part in leisure activities that they would otherwise not had the chance to enjoy, and this year they want to build on that.

The meeting will also hear about the extent of fuel poverty in the area with a presentation from the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

With a large number of older properties, often with poor insulation and off the gas-grid, it can be expensive and sometimes difficult to heat homes to the healthy minimum.

And Tesco’s FoodCloud programme – where surplus food is made available to different local charities and community groups on different nights to help feed people – will be introduced.

The meeting – which is open to the public – takes place on Tuesday, January 24 from 6.30pm at Marlborough Town Hall.

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