Splashing the cash on park upgrades

Parks and open spaces in Eastwood, Kimberley, Nuthall and Watnall are set to benefit from £118,700 worth of improvements after big plans were given the green light.

The proposals were welcomed by Broxtowe Borough Council at a cabinet meeting.

Coronation Park, Eastwood

Coronation Park, Eastwood

One of the biggest projects will be at the Flixton Road play area in Kimberley.

This will have new quipment installed in a new, more central spot, a mix of new rubber and bark safety surfaces and a new fence installed to keep dogs out at a cost of £45,975

Basil Russell Playing Fields at Nuthall will see new safety fencing put up around the cricket square which is just metres away from a play area.

After some near misses ,the council has decided to allocate £36,962, which will also cover the cost of improvements to the pavillion and new goalposts fitted.

The site is the only location in Nuthall with adult football pitches and is very popular. The layout of the pavilion offers the option to redesign the space by repositioning internal walls, creating additional shower and hand washing facilities, together with more changing space and alterations to the drainage.

Improvements are also set to be made at Hall Park and Coronation Park in Eastwood, as well as Watnall Green.

Broxtowe Mayor, Cllr Stan Heptinstall, said the council was proud of it’s local parks and open spaces.

He added: “We are always looking for new ways to make improvements and ensure that we provide quality parks and open spaces for the community to enjoy.

“I am delighted to see that there will be considerable improvements made in Eastwood, Kimberley and Watnall.”

Hall Park in Eastwood will benefit from the proposals through a resurfaced main access road costing £14,000.

Coronation Park will see replacement bowling green edging.

Watnall Green will benefit through improvements to its footpaths, habitat creation and fencing at a cost of £30,000.

The funding package is made of £66,500 from council funds set aside for park improvements. The rest is from developer contributions from section 106 agreements — a condition of planning which sees developers make payments to pay for leisure facilities, roads, or schools in the areas they build in.

These contributions have come from the likes of the Bloor Homes site, Nuthall and Halls Lane site, Giltbrook.