Landfill grant boost to Barwick playground

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Big improvements to the children’s playground in Barwick haven been promised after a £20,000 grant was awarded this week.

The money, which will come from the Landfill Community Fund, has been awarded to Barwick and Scholes Parish Council by Leeds-based waste disposal specialists Caird Bardon.

Using money raised through the Landfill Tax, the company’s community fund has so far given grants totalling £1.5m to community groups and environmental projects in the Leeds area, including £12,000 to the recent refurbishment of All Saints church in Barwick.

“Located in Jack Heap’s Field, the Barwick playground will be extended by a few yards to make room for new play equipment,” said a parish council spokesman.

He added that additions are likely to include a climbing Jeep and level-access roundabout similar to those at the refurbished playground in Scholes.

The improvements will cost around £40,000 to complete but the balance will be met from the parish precept which is added to Council Tax bills.

Parish Clerk Chris Hassell told the Wetherby News this week that work on the playground could start once planning approval has been given by Leeds City Council.

Caird Bardon announced in August that due to changes in how landfill tax credits are calculated the company’s Community Programme is to give away up to £700,000 over the next 12 months.

“The Caird Bardon Community Programme supports community groups with a Leeds postcode and we are currently accepting applications from good causes,” explained a spokesman.

To apply for a grant log on to www.grantscape.org.uk/grantshome/applyforagrant/caird1