Staff from Wildgoose Construction rolled their sleeves up and showed their community spirit when they took part in an environmental action day close to a site they are working on in Keighley.
As well as elbow grease, the company also provided a petrol strimmer, moss scrapers, shovels, wheelbarrows, gloves, hi-visibility vests and street food as they joined residents to clear an overgrown snicket running from Valley View Close to Harewood Crescent.
Pip Gibson, Community Development Worker for the area, organised the action day in response to conversations with local residents, Cllr Martin Walker and Site Manager Andy Turner.
She said “There has been a huge surge of interest from local communities in Keighley wanting to contribute their time and efforts towards environmental initiatives that benefit their neighbourhoods. The residents of Valley View and Harewood helped plan and implement the snicket clean up and thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Wildgoose staff on the day. Even the constant rain didn’t dampen their spirits. Great work guys!”
Comments from those who took part and snicket users included:-
Mark Lunn “Great community effort to clear the snicket today, good to meet you all”
Paula Barnes “Well done everyone who cleaned the snicket up it looks really good. Think it will take my granddaughters a while to grasp that they don’t have to put their hands behind their backs or on their heads to avoid the nettles. Thanks again everyone”
Wildgoose is currently working on a site nearby, which will provide accommodation for older people alongside affordable homes.
Carol Atherton, Marketing Manager at Wildgoose Construction, was one of the staff who took part in the clean-up.
She said: “It was hard work but very rewarding to make such a difference despite the rain. There was a great atmosphere and we were happy to help the community and hopefully the efforts of everyone who took part will go some way to making it easier for local residents to use the snickets.”
Wildgoose is building 69 apartments and a 50-bed care home in Keighley for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
The £10.8m scheme on the site of the former Bronte Middle School will provide 36 two-bed and 33-one bed extra care apartments with communal areas, lounge, activity room, restaurant, offices, hair salon, therapy room and offices. Next to this will be a 50-bed care home with lounge, dining areas, gym, offices, associated parking and gardens. Designed by Bradford architects Langtry-Langton, it is part of Bradford Council’s Great Places to Grow Old Scheme and will support a drive for older people to maintain independent living.
As part of the wider project, Wildgoose will also be constructing 51 new homes in a contract worth £6.6m on an adjacent site. Made up of two, three and four bedroomed properties, the homes will be a mixture of terraced and semi-detached affordable houses built on behalf of the council.
Work has now started on both sites with the 51 homes to be completed in May 2018 and the care facilities and apartments by the end of October 2018.