£167,000 handout to help Langley Mill

Peter Morgan, Langley mill boxing club.

Peter Morgan, Langley mill boxing club.

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A £167,000 revamp of Langley Mill is to start this summer after a regeneration plan was approved by Amber Valley Borough Council.

Improved recreation grounds, more allotments, better youth provision and even the creation of a film club are set to go ahead in the new financial year.

The cash is coming from supermarket Asda, which opened its £25m store there in November.

The money was part of a planning agreement with the council in return for permission to build the new Asda, off Wesley Street, which has created 378 jobs.

The allocation of that money was given the seal of approval at an Amber Valley full council meeting on Wednesday, March 30. Regeneration manager for the authority Steve Jackson was delighted the project had been given the green light.

He said: “This is the first time in a long time we have had a significant amount of cash for something like this in Langley Mill.

It allows us to do a lot of projects that we previously were not able to, but the community wants.”

Mr Jackson said the project would begin in two to three months, starting with an upgrade of the Queen Street Recreation Ground.

The park will see new equipment and surfaces, as well as improved signage and shrubbery at the entrance.

The way the money would be spent was decided at several ‘connecting communities’ meetings held across Langley Mill.

Over half the cash – £87,000 – will be used to assist community groups and projects. Langley Boxing Club will receive £10,000 to extend its gym, which is nearly 20 years old and made of timber.

Founder of the club Peter Morgan, 69, said the money would help it expand the training area and provide a female changing room so the club, based at Queen’s Street Recreation Ground, can start running keep fit classes for women. He added: “There’s never been much in Langley Mill, but we do good things here training lads to be boxers.”

Another £50,000 will be used to improve the area’s shop fronts. Traders will receive match funding to revamp the outside of their business under the new plans.

Chairman of Aldercar and Langley Mill Parish Council Cllr Anne White said: “We are very pleased that all the projects that we submitted as a community have now been accepted.

“It is great news for Langley Mill and its people.”