Kent County Council Public Rights of Way team has successfully reached the first stage of the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and needs public voters to help them receive a share of the £12.5 million up for grabs.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in over 400 regions across England and Wales.
The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
The public can vote from 31 October to 13 November instore by using the token given to them at the check-out.
The grant will be used to improve the Willesborough Greenways path in Ashford; the path links Hythe Road to the Hythe Road Recreation ground and the residential area in Osborne and Milne Road.
In its current state the path is unusable for most of the year, due to it being uneven, muddy and extremely slippery during the winter.
It is currently impossible for parents with prams, people with mobility aids and children on scooters/bikes to use the path safely and hugely impacts residents trying to access local schools, the local health centre and recreation ground.
The Bags of Help funding will be used to improve the surface area from a muddy path to a compacted stone pathway but with the voters help, the council will use the top grant funding to provide a longer lasting tarmacked surface, timber edging and destination signs.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: ““More than 1200 community groups will receive £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 to invest in their local projects.
“I’d urge shoppers to get down to their local store and vote for which of the shortlisted projects they would like to see come to life with a Bags of Help grant.”
Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “The grants will make a real difference to more than 1200 community groups and projects the length and breadth of the country.”
1,251 organisations from Tesco’s 416 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.
The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
More than 2,800 groups up and down the country applied for grants from the scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions by Tesco colleagues.
For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp