Kirkby’s Morvern Park to get £142,000 revamp

NMAC11-1612-2''20-06-2011''Pupils of Kirkby Morvern Park School celebrate the proposed redevelopment of Morvern Park on Monday
NMAC11-1612-2''20-06-2011''Pupils of Kirkby Morvern Park School celebrate the proposed redevelopment of Morvern Park on Monday
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MORVEN Park Primary School children were jumping for joy on Monday at the news a nearby green space is to get a £142,000 revamp.

The youngsters were celebrating after it was revealed Morven Park is to be transformed thanks to a £40,000 grant from the WREN scheme.

The work will focus on improving the play area and the look of the park, which has been troubled by anti-social behaviour problems and graffiti in the past. It is expected to officially reopen in September.

Ashfield District Council has allocated £102,000 to the scheme following a section 106 agreement with an unnamed housing developer.

The news comes after months of public meetings organised by the council.

A spokesman for the authority said there had been consultations with the primary school and with Kirkby College as well as the public to help decide the ways the park should be improved.

“The improvement works have been tendered and a contract signed between WREN and Ashfield District Council. Following this Rexco UK Ltd have been appointed by the council to implement the works which are due to begin later in the summer,” she said.

Ashwood Centre church members conduct an annual youth event at the park called Heaven Scent, now in its 10th year. Kirsty Bell, youth co-ordinator for the church, said the news of the planned work was very exciting.

“It’s brilliant news and the plans they have got are really exciting - the young people are going to love it,” she said.

Kirsty said church volunteers had helped maintain the green space and would be involved in repainting and restoring play equipment so it could be used in the revamped park.

She said: “We cannot wait for Heaven Scent this year and it is nice we have been asked to put it on as a sort of send off to the old park before the work begins.”

The sport-themed event is set to take place from 11th-15th July - shortly before work is expected to start. There will also be a fun day organised by the church at the park on 16th July. The sessions take place from 7-9pm.