THE WHITE Hart Community Inn project at St Dogmaels is set to receive a massive boost from the second home council tax funds in Pembrokeshire.

At its meeting next week, the county council’s cabinet is set to approve funding for a number of projects under the enhancing Pembrokeshire grant awards – with the pub scheme in line for £25,000.

Campaigners are fighting to purchase the 250-year-old ‘White Hart’ as the last traditional pub in St Dogmaels and reinstate it as a community-owned facility following its closure last May.

Locals hope to raise around £270,000 to buy the pub and this latest cash injection would see the appeal smash through the £200,000 barrier.

Cash has so far rolled in through a share offer - each share costs £200, and people may purchase between one and 100 shares - a peer-to-peer lending scheme, as well as various fund-raising ventures.

Other local projects are also set to benefit from the second homes tax.

Clydau Community Council’s application for Helping Halls funding is likely to be approved and will provide a project support officer to work with volunteers running the halls. Clydau, Boncath and Crymych will receive a share of £12,611.

An engagement support officer will work on a wellbeing project with Newport and District Community Forum, using the council’s £7,838 contribution towards a £21,000 scheme.

Crosswell Youth Community Centre will get £4,800 for the first phase of its regeneration while Clynfyw will provide an inclusive ‘changing places’ facility at Ty Twt Care Farm with its £5,000 grant.