Westminister play park calls out for votes to bag a share of £12.5M carrier bag charge fund

21 September 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Ellesmere Port Locality team is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the five pence bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. 

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award. Westminster play park in Ellesmere Port is one of the groups on the shortlist.

This month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Following on from the Council’s borough-wide play strategy, Westminster Park was identified as needing improvement. This includes improvement of play equipment as well as improved seating and planting.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said “I would like to encourage our residents to go out and vote for this project which will provide a much improved play area for the Westminster area of Ellesmere Port.” Voting is open in stores between October 31 and November 13. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative. The first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy. 

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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