The Leader of the Council has revealed exciting plans for a new
recreation ground in Ripley, in response to the consultation that
was held asking the public for their views on proposals to develop
land at Nottingham Road in Ripley as part of the plans for a new
Gateway to the town by developers Clowes Westerman.
The council has drawn up detailed plans for Greenwich Park
- a new Green Flag standard recreation ground, that retains the
existing 'Trust' land, and extends the site to include football
pitches, and options for rugby and cricket as well as a floodlit
skateboarding and multi use games areas, children's play area, and
enhanced green open space, around 11 acres in all.
Further consultation will be carried out with local schools,
users of the recreation ground, and the public for their views
about the type and location of the facilities being provided, for
example keeping the skateboard area where it is. They
will also be asked about their preference for the name of the
The plans were revealed at last night's Council meeting, at
which councillors also gave their support for the first phase of a
long awaited A610 relief road linking along a mile long route from
the Roundabout at Coach Road, Ripley to Alfreton Road,
Codnor. If plans were progressed it could also pave the way
for improvements to the currently unkempt land adjacent to
Nottingham Road, so improving the gateways to Ripley and
The proposals also include new homes, the access of which has
been altered to Nottingham Road, and an eco superstore, for which
the footprint has been reduced. Improvements have been
obtained to reduce the height, scale and setting of the proposed
superstore, with the retention of the existing tree line,
supplemented by further planting.
Councillor Stuart Bradford, Leader of the Council said: "The
Council does care and we've listened to all the people who have
given their views about all the proposals. I am sure
residents will welcome the outcome to provide a much improved
recreational facilities for people of Ripley, and the surrounding
areas and we would welcome their input as we look to refine the
plans for the facilities proposed."
The Leader also responded to concerns raised by members of the
packed public gallery about the impact of the proposed housing and
eco superstore on the town.
"We understand the concerns about the impact on the town centre
of any wider development and we've set out plans to invest to
improve the image of Ripley which we want to maintain as a vibrant
shopping centre to complement the new development. I strongly
believe the entire Gateway development will bring long term
economic and employment benefits if it is approved and which, of
course, will be tested further by the planning processes including
further public consultation."
Notes to editors
The Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council Councillor Stuart
Bradford issued the following statement at the Council's Full
Council meeting on Wednesday 2 November 2011.
Councillor Stuart Bradford's statement.
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