Children from Aspin Park Primary School were asked recently to formally open enhanced play facilities on Nidderdale Drive, Knaresborough.
This £26,000 project received a grant of £13,198 from the Biffaward. Other donations have come from Harrogate Borough Council £5,800, Knaresborough Town Council £4,000, Relief in Need £1000, North Yorkshire County Council £975, Knaresborough Lions £1000, Knaresborough Rotary £500.
The contract was awarded to Russell Play from Newbridge, Midlothian and includes two new sets of swings for toddlers and juniors as well as a new climbing frame.
Councillor Caroline Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, for Harrogate Borough Council, which owns the play area, offered special thanks to town and borough councillor Christine Willoughby.
Councillor Bayliss said:
Christine has championed and worked hard for this enhancement including consulting with residents and helping to raise the funds. I want to thank everyone who has helped either with their time or with their cheque books, particularly the Biffaward for their very generous grant. Local children will certainly enjoy this new equipment.
The Biffaward is a multi-million pound environmental fund which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services. The aim of the award is to support projects that will be of lasting environment benefit, improve quality of life and foster ‘vibrant communities’.
Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites.
To date, Biffaward has awarded grants totalling more than £125 million to hundreds of worthwhile projects.