Park renovation and recycling facilities are students’ focus in enterprise project

Todmorden High School students taking part in the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013, with the judging panel
Todmorden High School students taking part in the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013, with the judging panel

Two areas of Todmorden will be given a new lease of life by students as part of the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013.

Walsden recreation ground will be given a makeover and recycling facilities will be impoved in Todmorden town centre by two groups of students from Todmorden High School as part of the challenge.

The students have been working with mentors from Weir Minerals to develop their projects.

The first team, called Weir Walsden, proposed that money be spent renovating the park in the village.

A spokesperson for the group said: “There are gaps in the fencing which makes the area really dangerous, there is a lack of seating and the play equipment is rusty and almost unusable.

“We suggest that the money be spent to improve this area and also promote use of the park in the local area with flyers and leaflets once the renovation work has taken place.”

The second team, called Weir Greener, proposed that money should be spent to improve recycling facilities in Todmorden town centre, furthering the work already done by Calderdale Council.

They aim to replace some of the litter bins in the town centre with recycling bins.

Both teams pitched their ideas to the judging panel, which included Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth, Todmorden Rotary Club President Simon Hardy and Weir Minerals Europe Managing Director Tony Locke.

The judges commended the students for the work they have done and were so impressed that they decided to support both projects.

Mr Locke has asked that there is also a commitment from the school to improve its recycling and promote a culture change within Todmorden, starting with younger generations.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Weir Minerals for their generosity, both financially and for the time their staff invest in assisting our students with this.

“It gives our students a very unique opportunity to develop skills in business, enterprise, public speaking and citizenship.”