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Help shape funding bid to save Kirkstall Goit

Members of the public are being invited to help shape a funding bid to restore neglected Kirkstall Goit to its former glory.

Community campaigners have previously raised concerns about the condition of the Goit, saying water flow has been reduced to a trickle and that the area is infested by rats.

A public meeting in May saw a number of community organisations and individuals come together to speak of their frustrations over the lack of action to restore the historic Goit, an artificial channel by the side of Kirkstall Abbey Park and the River Aire. The meeting saw the formation of a ‘consortium’ of organisations in a bid to restore it to its former glory.

A group of councillors and community activists are currently working up to a funding bid around this task, and Councillor Hannah Bithell (Lab. Kirkstall) said she would welcome volunteers to help the consortium and come and discuss the proposals.

“There are a couple of options on the table at the moment, if anyone is interested in getting involved,” she said.

There will be a meeting at Kirkstall Valley Development Trust hub at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Norman Street, Kirkstall, at 8pm on Thursday, 21 September. All welcome.

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