Councillors to decide whether to help flood-hit Kirkstall Valley Farm

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Kirkstall Valley Farm flooded last month. Photo: KVDT

A community run farm which was badly hit when Storm Eunice caused the River Aire to break its banks could be helped by an emergency grant next week.

The Kirkstall Valley Development Trust has applied for a £3,900 grant from Leeds council’s inner west community committee after around half of the Kirkstall Valley Farm site, situated between Kirkstall Road and the River Aire, flooded.

A report for councillors to consider says the farm needs a poly tunnel to aid growing and providing vegetable boxers, some of which go to people who are vulnerable. It adds:

“This is a key time for planting of crops and seeds and will impact on growing for the rest of the year.

“The need for this polytunnel is now urgent. This grant would allow them to build the polytunnel much quicker than anticipated and consequently [allow them] to keep growing.

“Some of the vegetable boxes they sell are subsidised and provide veg boxes for families using healthy start vouchers.”

Other projects councillors will consider funding include £9,000 towards this year’s Kirkstall Festival, £9,998 to Barca Leeds for a young people’s prescribing project in Bramley, and £7,600 for an art camp at Shire Oak Primary School in Headingley.

Projects also include:

  • £1,200 for summer holiday targeted provision in Armley, Bramley & Stanningley and Kirkstall wards.
  • £1,660 to Armley Basketball Project at Armley Leisure Centre.
  • £2,640 to the Inner West Gaming Club.
  • £8,221 for two family fun activity days and new activity equipment.

The inner west community committee meets next Wednesday at West Leeds Activity Centre in Lenhurst Avenue, Armley, at 6pm. The full agenda can be read here.

The committee is made up of nine councillors from Armley, Bramley & Stanningley and Kirkstall wards, along with community representatives.


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