A community share issue to raise £40,000 to kickstart the regeneration of a 19th century Kirkstall mill has raised £18,000 in the first week.
Kirkstall Valley Development Trust last Monday launched a community share issue where people can buy shares to help support their bid to try and develop neglected Abbey Mills into an events space, meeting rooms, learning centre, cafe and flats.
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 Kirkstall Valley.
One of the campaigners, Chris Hill, said:
“Thanks so much to everyone who has invested, it’s a great start. But we mustn’t get complacent, that first slab of £18,000 included two investments of £5,000 or more. We need to keep the momentum up.”
Here’s a video detailing the proposals:
More details of the community share issue – and the chance to donate – can be found over at KVDT’s crowdfunding page.