Ashfield District Council’s Locality Team have been working alongside a local residents working group, Acacia Centre staff and Acacia Association board members to develop an improvement plan for their local recreation ground.
Following a successful funding application of £50,000 to WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) in October, the group has developed initial ideas into detailed implementation plans.
The Council will contribute £150,000 towards phase two of the project; following the completion of the scooter park (phase one). New play and youth equipment has been chosen by local children and young people during the consultation stage of the project.
Specialist contractor, Jack Moody Landscaping and Civil Engineering Ltd will undertake the wider improvement works and are due to start on 10 July. This will involve creating a new footpath network, improving existing entrances and installing new benches, bins and signage. Land Restoration Services Ltd have also been appointed as a specialist contractor to install the new play and youth equipment.
Councillor Tim Brown, Portfolio holder for Environment said, ‘‘the community involvement in this project is wonderful to see. The new facilities including the play and youth equipment will provide an exciting enhancement to the park, especially considering they have been chosen by local children and young people.”
Please note that there will be a period of disruption during the works however every effort will be made to accommodate local residents and permit access, particularly during school drop off and pick up times. Advance site signage and notices will be displayed wherever possible, along with social media updates to let residents know when access will be restricted.