Project is back with aim of improving town’s facilities

Todmorden High School students are taking part in the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013
Todmorden High School students are taking part in the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013

Students are putting together proposals to improve facilities in various areas of Todmorden as part of the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2013.

Todmorden High School students have been given a budget of £3,000 to spend on a project that will make a difference to the local community.

Students have been split into three teams, together with mentors from Weir Minerals, to put together their project proposals.

The three teams will go head-to-head to win the challenge and be awarded the £3,000 to make their idea become a reality.

Team one is focusing on improving recycling facilities in Todmorden town centre.

The students would like to replace some of the standard waste bins with a bin that has a series of compartments for separating recyclable waste.

Team two is looking at a couple of options in Walsden.

One of their ideas is to improve the park area, upgrade the play equipment and improve the fencing to make the environment safer.

The second option is to revamp the exterior of Walsden Library.

The students have produced a questionnaire and will be carrying out a survey to find out which option local residents would prefer.

Team three is focusing its project in Centre Vale Park.

Students propose that the money is spent on investing in better equipment and improving the skating area in the park.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “We are delighted to be working with Weir Minerals again this year on the community challenge.

“The mentors are offering our students a really unique opportunity to make a difference in their community. The students have met the challenge with enthusiasm and the determination to win.

“The judges will have a difficult task to pick an overall winner.”

The Weir Minerals Community Challenge was launched in 2012.

Last year the winning project involved brightening up the underpass at Todmorden railway station with paintings.

Another project involved tackling dog fouling on the Rochdale Canal towpath.