Boost for Ashfield’s parks under Local Improvement Scheme

New paths which are being layed at Portland Park in Kirkby.
New paths which are being layed at Portland Park in Kirkby.

A NEW skate park and play area are just some of the projects which are set to undergo improvement works in Ashfield.

Bosses at Nottinghamshire County Council have announced which of the district’s parks and open spaces will benefit from funding under this year’s Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).

The initiative gives communities the chance to restore or regenerate their neighbourhoods and the areas in Ashfield that will benefit include:

• The creation of a wildlife area at Welford Close in Sutton

• Provision of war memorial at Selston

• New skatepark at Annesley and Felley recreation ground

• Replacement of the existing play area at Cowpasture Lane in Sutton

• Landscape improvements at Portland Park in Kirkby and Hill Crescent Recreation Ground in Sutton.

Programme manager Sue Jaques said: “The LIS programme helps local people in local communities develop a local ‘pride of place’ and responsibility for the environment as well as providing jobs for local people, showcasing the work of local craftsmen and helping to train young people in a trade.

“The scheme also aims to promote rural initiatives, market town projects that improve the centre’s attractiveness and economic viability, conservation and heritage projects and projects that encourage economic and cultural regeneration.”

Across the county, more that 200 projects have been planned thanks to the Local Improvement Scheme.

Under the scheme, residents can nominate a project and it must be supported by the area’s county councillor.

For details call 0300 500 80 80 or email lis@nottscc.gov.uk. An application is also available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.