Whittleford Park in Nuneaton becoming "third destination'' park
Published on Monday, 22nd February 2021
Update on development of Concept Plan for Whittleford Park
In the autumn NBBC placed an order for work to begin on the preparation of a Park ‘Concept’ Plan for Whittleford Park. This development plan for the park will set out a prioritised ‘road map’ for coherent improvements to the park to be undertaken as and when funds become available - either through planning ‘gain’ sums secured from developers when housing developments take place and from other sources possibly including grant applications.
Red Kite Network – an environment, ecology and landscape consultancy firm have begun work on the plan – gathering up background information and initial thoughts from ‘stakeholders’ in the park including the Friends of Whittleford Group and Vale View Community Centre. Their ecologist has visited the site – with the site’s high value for wildlife being critical to any improvements being done sensitively in wildlife terms and their landscape architect had met with Council staff ahead of lockdown to gather and explore initial ideas.
Work has been progressing despite Covid and in the coming months a detailed set of proposals will be developed including plans and sketches and then a full public consultation will be undertaken in the same way the ‘Concept’ plans for Riversley Park and Miners Welfare Park - the Borough’s other two ‘Destination Parks’ in Bedworth were consulted on in 2020 through the Council’s Be-Nu website. (The latest updates for those sites can be accessed through this link https://www.be-nu.co.uk/
Ian Lloyd – Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure said:
‘It’s great news for Camphill, Bar Pool and Kingswood that we have now got the work underway on this plan for Whittleford Park. The park is a Country Park available on everyone’s doorstep. The site has had its share of difficulties and challenges in the past - but enhancements including the main cyclepath developed along the Bar Pool Valley have moved the site along bringing increases in visitor numbers and Covid has led to more and more people appreciating what they have locally and how the park lets people exercise and relax with the mental health and well-being benefits this brings.
"This plan which will be fully publicly consulted on in the summer will contain a coherent set of proposals which we can deliver as jigsaw pieces as funds allow - to make up the whole. We have already secured some contributions through ‘section 106’ funding from housing developers for the Whittleford Park site that will allow us to deliver additional cycle paths, new wildflower meadows etc as they are paid over and further funding will arrive in the coming years.
"We are also likely to pursue further grant funding which the Friends of Whittleford group have helped us jointly secure for the site in the past, which included funding for boundary features, some path improvements.
"look forward to sharing the details of these exciting plans with residents and interested community groups in due course and feel it is another really positive bit of news locally as we all begin to look forward now starting to leave the challenges of the last year dealing with Covid increasingly behind us.''
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