Exciting plans for a new recreation ground in Ripley

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 Park.

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 Codnor.

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.

For more background about the Ripley Gateway Scheme go to www.ripleygateway.co.uk

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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