Kids: Here’s how to make Elland better

Brooksbank School - year 8 have done a mini Pride in Elland project. Megan Broadbent 13, Kennedy Brook 13, Joe Brayshaw 12, Francesca O'Brien 12, Ben Whitehead 12 and Reece Kendal 12.
Brooksbank School - year 8 have done a mini Pride in Elland project. Megan Broadbent 13, Kennedy Brook 13, Joe Brayshaw 12, Francesca O'Brien 12, Ben Whitehead 12 and Reece Kendal 12.
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Building a supermarket, creating jobs, improving the swimming pool and making more entertainment for young people are just some of the ideas proposed by a group of school youngsters.

Year 8 pupils at Brooksbank School have worked on a project exploring ways to improve Elland.

The project involves using statistics to draw comparisons between Elland and the rest of Calderdale to allow pupils to find out about the area they live in.

It also allows pupils to make realistic and potentially viable suggestions for ways to improve the town.

The suggestions included building a super market, developing more facilities for teenagers in sport like astroturf pitches, a bowling alley and improving the swimming pool.

A train station to connect Elland to nearby cities was another proposal, while bringing in more shopping and creating a recycling centre was another suggestion.

The pupils’ overall verdict of Elland was it is better than average but that it has the potential to be so much better.

Brooksbank’s head of geography, John Campbell, said the project had done a lot to make pupils proud of their town.

“About three or four years ago we were trying to get the kids to do something that involved the local community and see how they could be more responsible citizens,” he said.

“We got them to think about how to make improvements that are realistic, look at issues in the area and see how they would deal with problems in Elland.

“It makes them more aware of other people and gets them aware of the local community.”