A major project has been the renovation of Western Park, Stacksteads. SCPG raised just under £85,000 for much-needed improvements to the park, including new equipment and a new football pitch, after youngsters complained that the old one was unfit for purpose.
Working closely with Haslingden-based Proffitts – Investing In Communities, local young people played their part too, holding a sponsored walk around the park raising £500, with a number of grants also secured.
Partners in the project were Rossendale Borough Council, Biffa-Award, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Newground Together and Lancashire County Council, all of whom contributed funds.
The park’s new football surface, fencing and junior play equipment was opened by Mayor Tom Aldred.
Pupils from Fearns Community Sports College, who planted bulbs, were invited for a five-a-side football match and pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School who designed the park logo got to play on the equipment.
Stacksteads Countryside Park Group communications officer Jackie Oakes said the park had been a community-led project from the start and that chemist Cohen’s had also joined the fundraising effort to provide additional seating.
Slideshow of Western park before the improvements and the start of the project.
Opening Of Rosemount Community Woodland 1 July 2016.
The Rosemount Project began in the early 1990’s with a vision that an area of Sow Clough at Rosemount could be developed into a community resource. For years the project suffered from lack of funding but, in 2013, the Princes’ Trust was able to support development and a small but dedicated band of volunteers have met every month since then to manage the area. Then Proffitts CIC helped SCPG to obtain grants from Lancashire Environmental Fund, Newground Together and Awards for All to transform the site from a derelict area into a welcoming picnic site and woodland area which has been used by St Joseph’s School as a Forest School and by local residents as a recreation area.
On July 1 2016, Rosemount Community Woodland was opened by the Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Granville Morris.
Future plans include continuing support from LCC and RBC to develop access across the bridge so people can walk from Stacksteads to the Maden Recreation Ground in Bacup. So the work isn’t over and we’re very grateful to everyone who has helped in any way.
One of our main responsibilities is Stacksteads Riverside Park – land on either side of the River Irwell from Stacksteads Rec to Blackwood Rd. The project was started by the Stacksteads Riverside Park Group and we were able to secure funding of over £90,000 to make improvements starting in 2012.
Report of Opening in 2013
Information about the Project from Proffits CIC