Thousands awarded to village games area project

Field Trust members James Drake, David Johnson, Eric Glegg, Sue Knowles, Abi Knowles and Paul Sadler pictured at the site last year after planning permission was granted.
Field Trust members James Drake, David Johnson, Eric Glegg, Sue Knowles, Abi Knowles and Paul Sadler pictured at the site last year after planning permission was granted.
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A new multi-use games area is set to be built in Minskip after a grant worth tens of thousands of pounds was awarded to a local group.

The sum of £44,000 – raised by taxes on landfill – was given to the Minskip Community Field Trust by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental), a not for profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK .

The grant will be used to help build a multi-use games area which will incorporate a five- a-side football pitch, a tennis court, basket and netball court and cricket nets.

A spokesman for Minskip Community Field Trust said: “It is fantastic that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are very pleased our project was selected. We are looking forward to delivering the project before the end of the summer.”

The grant money comes from funds donated from FCC Environment, formerly known as Waste Recycling Group, to the landfill communities fund.

Mike Snell, external affairs manager for FCC Environment, said: “The funding for the multi-use games area will create a real hub for the local community to come together. We’re delighted to support Minskip Community Field Trust and look forward to seeing the new sports area take shape over the coming months.”

Planning permission for the games area was granted by Harrogate Borough Council planners in autumn 2011.