A Kirkstall community group is urging local residents to back the last two weeks of crowdfunding campaign to transform a 19th century mill.
In two months Kirkstall Valley Development Trust has raised more than £33,000 of a £40,000 target where people can buy community shares to help transform Abbey Mills into an events space, meeting rooms, learning centre, cafe and flats.
A new video about the Abbey Mills appeal has been released today:
Chris Hill said the Trust needs £40,000 to undertake the development work, which includes architects, surveyors and business planning etc. This will produce the evidence to persuade Leeds City Council to transfer the mill to the Trust. Mr Hill added:
“When it comes to parting with cash, it’s very tempting to stand to one side and hope the target is reached by someone else. It won’t be.
“With just a short time left, we are asking every well-wisher to join the current 58 investors to get us to the target of £40,000.”
The community share issue for Abbey Mills is the starting point for a wider plan to re-activate both Abbey and St Ann’s heritage mills and open up 200 acres of green space in the Kirkstall Valley.
Here’s a flyover of the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust site with a drone:
More details of the community share issue – and the chance to donate – can be found over at KVDT’s crowdfunding page.