Parks improved by housing cash

NEAALM110112B2 Coronation park Eastwood
NEAALM110112B2 Coronation park Eastwood

THOUSANDS of pounds given to the council by housing developers is to be spent on parks in Eastwood and Greasley.

Broxtowe Borough Council’s cabinet has agreed to spend a total of £190,000 refurbishing the pavilion and extending the bowling green car park at Eastwood’s Coronation Park and removing the derelict sports pitch.

The cash will also provide Greasley’s Beauvale Recreation Ground with a brand new play area worth £35,000.

Following the sale of land at the Moon and Stars pub in Eastwood for housing, developers agreed to give the council £88,000 for community projects.

A further £35,000 was given by the developers of the Giltway development in Giltbrook last year, while another development in Chilwell Lane, Bramcote, provided £35,000.

Cabinet member Cllr Milan Radulovic explained that section 106 agreements ensure that developers who buy land from the council give cash to go towards community projects.

“Most of this was paid for by developers through section 106,” said the Eastwood councillor

“It shows we are able to work with the private sector to provide brand new investment, particularly for young people, in Eastwood.”

The remaining £32,000 came from the council’s Capital Programme, £7,000 of which was left over from last year’s budget.

The removal of the sports pitch, which has been closed since 2008, and replacement with ‘soft landscaping’ will cost £20,000. It was agreed at the cabinet meeting on January 4 that the best option would be to remove the pitch as there were ‘high quality’ sports pitches at Eastwood Community Sports Centre, Kimberley Leisure Centre and Greasley Sports and Community Centre.

Cllr Radulovic said: “The sports pitch has been closed for years now and there are new generation pitches nearby.”

In a report to the cabinet, council officers said that traditional grass ‘mini soccer pitches’ could be provided in the future on the site.

The proposed improvements to the Beauvale Recreation Ground include providing new play equipment and future plans to provide a trail for BMX bikes.