A NEW jogging path could be built in a recreation ground if a parish council is successful in bidding for funding.

Stoke Poges Parish Council has bid for funds from Tesco as part of its Bags of Help initiative, which could see the council inherit up to £12,000 for a project.

The council aims to use the funds to build a jogging path for runners in Bells Hill Recreation Ground and is asking residents to vote for the council’s bid.

Saera Carter, vice-chairman of the parish council, said: “It is something that I have had on my list to do for the village for a few years now.

“As a parish we have been financially putting our money into other things like building the pavilion and the path has been on list of things to do.

“What we are trying to achieve is to make it a place where people can go and run and we are thinking about people’s health.

“Parts in the park are quite uneven and get boggy in wet weather so this would mean they would have somewhere safe to exercise.

“I would like to get the funding to make it wide enough for mums to jog along with their buggies.”

The scheme uses money raised from the 5p plastic bag charge in place across stores in England, Wales and Scotland to support community projects.

Tesco works with environmental improvement charity Groundwork to transform the spaces and grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 are up for grabs.

Cllr Carter said that any funds would be greatly welcomed as the costs of the project have yet to be confirmed.

She added that, depending on the overall cost of the jogging path, the council may need to apply for further grants.

You can vote for Stoke Poges Parish Council to receive the funding at Tesco in Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross from October 31 until November 13.

There are three causes to vote for so the more votes received means more money will be awarded to that project.