Spen Valley projects could win civic prize

Spen Valley projects could win civic prize
Photo: J Holroyd

SPEN VALLEY Civic Society has launched a new scheme to celebrate well-designed developments that make a positive contribution to the local environment.

And it wants local people to nominate worthy winners. 

But there is not much time as entries must be submitted by next weekend on Saturday, February 29.

Civic society secretary Erica Amende said: “We want to encourage individuals, groups and businesses in the area who’ve done high-quality work either on a new-build, restoration, refurbishment or an environmental project.

“Nominated projects will be judged by a civic society panel and winners will be presented with a certificate later this year.

“We hope this will raise awareness of good design and increase civic pride in the Spen Valley.”

In the past the society has awarded plaques to The Old Hall pub Heckmondwike for its restoration, Hightown Junior and Infants School for an extension, the Aakash restaurant in Cleckheaton, for its conversion, Lowfold Hall Roberttown for its restoration and the National School in Liversedge, for its conversion to apartments.

The new scheme aims to celebrate recent developments. 

To qualify, projects must:

• Have been completed in the last two years;

• Be visible from a public place;

• Be in the Spen Valley.

The project should also enhance the environment or heritage, complement its surroundings and may demonstrate good conservation or sustainability practice.

Schemes that improve the area for wildlife or human recreation are also eligible; they do not have to be a building.

People cannot nominate a project that they own.

To enter, log on to www.spenvalleycivicsociety.org.uk and download a nomination form from the homepage.

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