Tesco “Bags of Help” Grant

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council is delighted to be a recipient of Tesco’s “Bags of Help” initiative!

For some time, the Parish Council has been working to improve the link between the villages of Niton and Whitwell for non-vehicular travel. The Niton and Whitwell Parish Plan 2013 notes that ‘[the villages] are separated by a very busy road with no footpath – a great concern expressed by survey respondents.’ (The survey mentioned was conducted throughout the Parish and the responses used as a basis for the Plan.) The associated action on the Parish Council is to work to upgrade all of Ashknowle Lane.

As part of this action, the Parish Council is planning to lay an all-weather stabilised gravel surface along the stretch of the footpath which runs from Mayflower Cottage to Lower Fields; this should enable cyclists and walkers to travel safely between the villages at all times of year.

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. Please visit your local store and help make a difference in your community.

More details to follow.