Busy park could now get makeover

Smithurst playpark, Smithurst road Gitbrook. Cllrs Mick Brown and Margaret Handley look at problem with a swing.
Smithurst playpark, Smithurst road Gitbrook. Cllrs Mick Brown and Margaret Handley look at problem with a swing.

A COUNCILLOR said he hopes to make a park in Giltbrook bigger and better after complaints from residents.

Cllr Mick Brown said he will look into what can be done at the Smithurst Road park after a group of mums told the Advertiser last week they thought it was being neglected whilst others in the parish were having thousands of pounds spent on them.

Mum-of-three Kerry Kirkham said it was unfair the park was being ‘left to rot’ when there were 500 houses in the area and two more housing estates on the horizon.

And Cllr Brown admitted it needed attention at a Greasley Parish Council meeting on Monday night.

“It is a puny little play area for the amount of houses,” he said.

“I think we should get it extended and worthy of a site serving a lot of houses. These people need something doing.”

Cllr Brown did however say he had concerns about traffic in Smithurst Road.

“Sadly it’s in a dodgy spot because of the traffic but there’s one or two things we can hopefully do safety-wise.”

Ms Kirkham, of Acorn Avenue, said some of the equipment did not work and the bark flooring needed updating with cushioned flooring because it was impractical in wet weather.

The 37-year-old raised the issue after hearing the park off Dovecote Road in Newthorpe was having £34,000 spent on it and money was being ploughed into Coronation Park in Eastwood.

Greasley Parish Council also vowed to try and get section 106 money allocated to the park – funds given by housing developers who have built in the area.

Councillors did however say that the park is owned by Broxtowe Borough Council, who would have to agree to any funding for improvements and who has the final say whereabouts in the parish section 106 money goes.