£172,000 revamp of Kirkby’s West Park is completed

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WORK has been completed on a £172,000 transformation of West Park in Kirkby thanks to the hard work of local campaigners, supported by Ashfield District Council’s Landscape Team.

The completion of the construction works has seen the culmination of more than two and a half years work by the Landscape Team at Ashfield District Council.

Rexco UK Ltd were appointed to carry out the improvement works and battled through frequent snow flurries and torrential downpours to successfully complete the works in a dedicated and professional manner.

The improvements include a play trail, improvements to the existing BMX track, re-surfacing existing footpaths, providing new picnic benches and bins, creating play mounds and a balance trail, improvements to the existing play area and implementation of new play and youth equipment.

The project was part funded through a £49,999 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Programme, managed by Groundwork UK, a £74,981 grant from WREN, £17,000 from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and £30,000 s106 funding, secured from housing developers by Ashfield District Council.

Cheryl Raynor, Local Grants Manager for WREN, said: “This project gave the regional panel a real dilemma as we like the funding to benefit as many communities as possible across the county.

“The problem being Wren had already funded a Multi-use Games Area on the park in 2008.

“However the Landscape Team at Ashfield District Council put a great project forward and made it really difficult for the panel to say no.

“Eleveln months on the park looks great and I’m sure the local community will be really pleased the panel chose to fund the project”.

The funding grant from the Community Spaces Programme is the fourth such award that has been allocated to parks and open spaces in the district of Ashfield since the programme was launched in March 2008.

This has resulted in a total allocation of nearly £200,000 over the last four years providing a major financial boost to local green spaces within the district.

The awarding of the funding to West Park and Sutton Lawn Skate Park are the first two projects in Nottinghamshire to benefit from the increased funding threshold that applicants are now able to apply to WREN for under the main grants scheme increasing from £50k to £75k in 2012.

The Funding Grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme is the 3rd grant that has been awarded to the park following the award of £27,000 in 2009 which part funded the works to extend the park into underused space along the rear of properties on Southwell Close up to Southwell Lane providing tree, hedge and bulb planting as well as a new footpath and an additional grant in 2010 that contributed towards the mining heritage interpretation within the park extension area.