August 2017

As part of its ongoing commitment to investing in the local community, Aggregate Industries has launched its first phase of activity as part of its ongoing Bardon Community Fund.

Following a public consultation with local residents, the business will be donating £30,000 to Markfield Parish Council which will go towards the development of a new community park. The new state-of-the-art park, which is part of a wider Council initiative, will include everything from a dedicated community centre and play area, through to a basketball pitch and skate park.

In addition, Aggregate Industries is donating £2,000 to Copt Oak Church which will provide much-needed funds for general building maintenance to ensure the upkeep of the beautiful old Anglican building.

This latest activity forms parts of the Bardon Community Fund whereby Aggregate Industries has committed to providing a total of £400,000 to support local community initiatives for the benefit of residents around Bardon Hill Quarry over the next ten years.

Each year going forward, Aggregate Industries will release £40,000 which will be available to applicable local projects; such as community centres, voluntary groups, charities and any other community-centric initiatives that could make a difference to local people.

Kirsten Hannaford-Hill, Estates Surveyor at Aggregate Industries said: “Community really is at the core of everything that we do at Aggregate Industries; whether it’s working with local school children to raise awareness of the career opportunities available to them in our sector, through to charity campaigns to raise money for local causes. We also go to great lengths to negate any impact our works have on the local area by adopting low-noise practices and minimising dust.

“As such, we’re thrilled to be finally able to launch the first traunche of our Bardon Community Fund and have chosen to invest in two important projects. The park, once complete, promises to serve as an exceptional place for activity and respite for all generations, while Copt Oak Church is a very much treasured local icon.

“We’re very passionate about this fund and hope it will make a real difference in helping to enhance the lives of our valued local residents.”

Planning approval to extend the Bardon Hill Quarry was subject to a Section 106 legal agreement whereby Aggregate Industries launched the Bardon Community Fund. The Fund has been designed to enhance the local community, bring local residents together and offset any disturbances during the works period.