You choose where the £140,000 goes

A DRAGONS’ Den-style contest is being staged to find ways to improve a Halifax neighbourhood.

Boothtown residents are being invited to submit their ideas for community projects with cash rewards of up to £250 up for grabs.

Applicants need to act fast though, as entries must be received by the end of today.

Those with the best ideas will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges on Thursday June 2.

The Boothtown Challenge project is one of 17 across the country currently piloting the new Neighbourhood Challenge programme, which explores ways to increase community involvement through local campaigns, community projects and new social enterprises.

The Boothtown project was awarded more than £140,000 following a successful joint bid by Calderdale Council, Pennine Housing, Voluntary Action Calderdale and the Boothtown Partnership.

Calderdale actor Paul Opacic, who plays Carl Costello in Hollyoaks and has supported past events in the area, said: “This presents a unique opportunity for the people of Boothtown to come up with ideas of how the money should be spent.

“We’ve all thought ‘You know what we could do with around here’, so now they have the chance to make a difference, get your thinking caps on and go for it!”

Visit to download an application form.