Funding For Local Parks Agreed

October 18, 2017 12:21 PM
Cllrs Ruth Skelton and Joe Naitta on Oaklands Avenue at the start of the proposed path

Cllrs Ruth Skelton and Joe Naitta on Oaklands Avenue at the start of the proposed path

Over the summer Labour councillors at last agreed to the recommendations made by local councillors and Council officers and Friends of Littleover Parks (FoLPs) for how the £300,000 from the Heatherton developers should be spent. The recommendations had been ready to go to Cabinet for approval over a year ago, but were delayed by Labour.

"We were very pleased when the plans were given approval" said Cllr Ruth Skelton. "Cllr Joe Naitta and I worked closely with FoLPs to make sure their ideas would be taken forward. Thanks also go to three members of Blagreaves Neighbourhood Board who kept pressing the Council for answers regarding the year-long delay.

The main projects to be funded are:

  • A new cycleway / footway / bridleway from Oaklands Avenue through to Millennium Wood and Moorway Lane
  • Improvements to Heatherton Pond including better facilities for disabled anglers, and habitat development
  • Improvements to footpaths on Sunnydale Park and replacing the wooden footbridge, and some land drainage improvements.
  • New wildlife pond and habitats in Millennium Wood
  • Creation of a meadow and other habitat improvements in Clemson's Park
  • Drainage improvements along Briars Lane foot and cycle path
  • Improvements to play facilities