Bagging a grant to improve the town

Shoppers in Mirfield are being urged to back a project aimed at improving the town's waterways and green spaces.

Saturday, 5th March 2016, 8:00 am

The Mirfield Community Partnership has secured a grant from supermarket giant Tesco’s Bags of Help fund.

And people shopping in the supermarket now have the chance to decide how much cash the group will receive towards the project, by voting using a token given to them at the checkout.

The community project fund, which will dish out a grant of £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000, was created as part of the new 5p carrier bag levy.

Hilary Brooke from the Mirfield Community Partnership said; “We’re delighted and very grateful that the benefits of this project for local people have been recognised and that the scheme will receive a grant from Tesco.

“We’re really lucky in Mirfield to have the fantastic Calder and Hebble navigation running right through the heart of our town, it gives us all a place to escape to and brings wildlife onto our doorsteps.

“This project aims to make it an even more special place, somewhere that the local community will really value and enjoy as part of their daily lives. We hope that lots of people head to their local store and show their support.”

The community partnership will work with the Canal and River Trust, a charity which manages the Calder and Hebble Navigation, to carry out the project.

It hopes to improve the canal towpath, provide new seating and plant trees and flower beds.