£15,000 Funding For Beeston Pocket Park

£15,000 Funding For Beeston Pocket Park

11/03/19 - A £15,000 grant has been secured to create a pocket park at Redwood Crescent thanks to a bid by Redwood Crescent Residents Association, with support from Broxtowe Borough Council.

A total of £15,280 has been awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of its Pocket Parks Plus programme, with a match funding amount of £7500 from Broxtowe Borough Council.

The existing grass and tarmac area at the centre of Redwood Crescent has been inaccessible to residents since January 2018, following a failed housing development at either end of the space. However, the development has since been taken over by another company and a portion of the original open space is due to be returned to the community.

The funding will allow this area to be transformed once again into a focal point for the local community, providing an accessible area for socialising, children to play and gentle exercise, whilst bringing nature into the neighbourhood.

The park will include decorative railings with self-closing gates, a connecting path with seating area and a plinth for community barbecues, all illuminated with sustainable solar powered lighting. Native hedging and trees will be planted to benefit wildlife and in addition to areas of regular mown grass the community group will create wildflower meadow areas to help honey bees and other pollinators.

Kris Poole from the Redwood Crescent Residents Association said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding. The loss of the open space at the centre of our street was a real blow, and it has been sorely missed by the community. Although the area being returned is not as large as we had before, we plan to use this funding to ensure that we maximise what we do have. The result will hopefully be something that will benefit the community and wildlife for generations to come.”

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Richard Jackson said: “I am delighted that this funding has been awarded to support a pocket park at Redwood Crescent.

The Council is deeply sorry for the failings that took place and  I hope that this new community facility will enable to us to move forward, ensuring that an area of open space remains in the public ownership for the local community.”

Work is expected to start early summer, with an anticipated completion and opening event before the nights draw in. Upon completion, Broxtowe Borough Council have committed to applying for Village Green status for the land.

The Pocket Parks Plus programme supports communities and their partners to establish new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks where people can public spaces where people can relax, exercise, socialise and play.

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