A COUNCIL application for funding from a grant scheme to help improve a public space in Oxenhope has been unsuccessful.

Oxenhope Parish Council has plans to radically transform and enhance Oxenhope Rose Garden, at the junction of Station Road and Hebden Bridge Road.

The council had applied for money from the Ovenden Moor Wind Farm grants initiative.

Last November it asked for up to £10,000 a year for a three-year programme of improvements to the Rose Garden.

At the latest meeting of the parish council, chairman Cllr Ken Eastwood said although the council's application had been unsuccessful, about £22,000 worth of funding has been supplied by the grants scheme to other Oxenhope-based organisations and community activities.

Forty-five thousand pounds was available from this round of the wind farm grant programme, but Cllr Eastwood said the total sum sought by groups applying to the fund had been much greater than this.

Councillors agreed to defer a decision on whether to spend £1,100 on removing some shrubs and trees from the Rose Garden.

Cllr Tony Maw suggested the council should explore other sources of funding for this project, such as the Craven Trust.