Masterplan for Buttermere Park
Published on Thursday, 26th January 2023
A Buttermere Park masterplan is to breathe new life into the busy open space at Nuneaton’s popular St Nicolas Park.
The plan includes new play areas, improved footpaths and enhancements to the natural environment.
If Cabinet agree to the proposals at their meeting next month, the project will be able to proceed with the expectation of completion by the end of this year.
The entire project will be funded through section 106 contributions – fees which result from legal agreements between developers and the Borough Council specifically identified for increasing capacity at the site following local housing growth – which means it will not use Borough Council capital or revenue.
Included in the plan is a new play area dedicated to younger children and a play area that caters for preadolescents and teenagers. To ensure accessibility for those with physical disabilities, the new equipment will include pieces that are suitable for all abilities.
Wheelchair-accessible footpaths will be added which will improve accessibility, linking the new and existing housing developments and further afield to encourage walking and cycling.
In addition to the new play equipment there will also be several improvements made to the natural environment. More than 45 new trees will be planted around the park alongside a wild-flower meadow which will help encourage wildlife to the area.
With an increase in housing close to the site in recent years, the facilities added will be in addition to the ones already present, to help cope with the increased usage.
Public consultation, as well as close engagement with local residents has been undertaken, with the majority of participants providing positive feedback and expressing excitement for the proposals.
Cllr Julian Gutteridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment hopes that the changes looking to be made in Buttermere will set the standard for community parks across the Borough, he said:
“I am incredibly proud of this project; the facilities we aim to provide will be first class. Not only will we be able to bring new play equipment and pathways to the park, but also beautiful new surroundings with more trees and wild flowers.
“The residents have been very welcoming of the changes, and they have been very patient. If the proposals are put through at Cabinet next month we can progress with our plans and bring this fantastic new facility to the area.”
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