MP welcomes £12k donation for health path on fields

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed a £12,000 donation which will help improve playing fields in Fylde.

The cash has been handed over by Tesco to the Friends of Blackpool Road North Playing Fields for the creation of a health path.

Inmates from Kirkham Prison have been tasked with building the path, and work started this week.

The money comes from the 5p bag charges that stores are asked to pass on to good causes. The money was allocated earlier this year – and Mr Menzies raised a question in Parliament just this week calling on the Government to ensure the cash is handed over tothe right places.

He said: “I’m delighted to see a Fylde community group and our playing fields benefit thanks to the 5p bag charge.

“This week, I asked in Parliament what checks were in place to make sure this money was getting through to good causes.

“This donation by Tesco is proof that the Government’s decision to introduce this charge is not only helping the environment by reducing the amount of plastic sent to landfill, but also improving the lives of our residents.

“I will be making sure that all of the major retailers who charge 5p for their carrier bags are giving the money to schemes in Fylde.”

Jo Wood, landscape designer at Fylde Borough Council, helped the Friends to bid for and win £12,000 from Tesco and this has kick-started the regeneration plans.

The Friends group hope that the path will encourage residents of all ages to “Walk the Fields” – it will be around 1 km all the way round.

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