Ofcom has today announced the award of six new community radio licences in England.
The new stations will serve communities in Chesterfield in Derbyshire; Magna Park and Lutterworth in Leicestershire; Northwich in Cheshire; Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent; and two services for Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community.
Around 300 community radio stations are currently on air.
The six new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Cheshire FM (Cheshire Radio Limited), Northwich
Cheshire FM is a service for people in Northwich, Cheshire. The station has been engaging with the local community via social media to understand what they want from the service and to make sure its programmes cater to their tastes and interests.
Coast and County Radio (Scarborough Radio Limited), Scarborough
Coast and County Radio will serve the community of Scarborough. Its programmes will feature local charitable and educational organisations, and encourage listeners to participate in local events.
Cross Counties Radio (Cross Counties Radio), Lutterworth
Cross Counties Radio is for people who live and work in Lutterworth and Magna Park. It will be run by volunteers from the local community and will offer broadcast training opportunities.
Elastic FM (Elastic FM Limited), Chesterfield
Elastic FM will serve the people of Chesterfield. It will bring individuals, communities and organisations together, promoting social cohesion and community dialogue.
Radio Scarborough (Radio Scarborough Limited), Scarborough
Radio Scarborough is for the people of Scarborough. It has established relationships with local organisations and charities, and will work with volunteers from the local community.
West Kent Radio (West Kent Community Radio) Royal Tunbridge Wells
West Kent Radio is for people aged 45+ in the Royal Tunbridge Wells area. It will promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of maintaining good personal, mental and physical health.
The licences are awarded for a five-year period. A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above can be found on the Ofcom website.