Residents in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, will be as fit a fiddle thanks to a community recreation and wellbeing initiative funded by the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
The project was the brainchild of Winthorpe Parish Council, which wanted to help residents improve their fitness and wellbeing by installing two outdoor bicycles near to a children’s play area, in the grounds of the community centre, so that parents could use them whilst their children play.
The council received £6,555 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund to purchase and install the fitness equipment.
Councillor Phil Famer, from Winthorpe Parish Council, said: “The parish council were keen to provide residents with an enjoyable and fun way to exercise that they could fit in to their daily routine. The play area at the community center is very well used so we thought this would be the perfect place for the bikes to go.
“We are very grateful to Tarmac for their donation, and for making this project possible.”
Kevin Mawby, quarry manager at Tarmac’s Langford Quarry, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Winthrope Parish Council with this initiative. It is great to be able to give the local community a way to exercise, without having to take out expensive gym memberships.
“We hope people enjoy using the bikes for many years to come.”
The project was also supported by Winthorpe Youth Club, which donated £1,500, and the Thomas Brewer Charitable Trust, which donated £2,000 to the initiative.
The Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (or Landfill Tax Credit Scheme as it was formerly known) enables landfill operators, like Tarmac, to donate part of their annual tax liability to enrolled Environmental Bodies for a variety of approved community and environmental projects. Landfill operators can reclaim 90 per cent of their contribution as a tax credit, which means the remaining 10 per cent must be provided either by them or an independent third party.
Through the fund Tarmac donates around £1 million each year to community projects UK wide. The fund is open to applicants who meet the strict criteria for projects delivering community benefit.
For more information, visit www.entrust.org.uk