Roll out of masterplan to transform town

The Council's has revealed its initial £750,000 vision to improve Ripley Town Centre including a £500,000 investment to upgrade paving and up to £100,000 to improve shop fronts in the town. Other proposals are to encourage greater take up of Ripley Market by encouraging car boot sales and attractions such as children's rides.

There are also proposals for a  £150,000 walkway linking Ripley Town Centre with Crossley Park. The plans are to be discussed at the Council's next meeting on 2 November along with a range of other proposals to improve the image of the town centre as part of the Ripley Masterplan.

If councillors give their approval a landscaped path would lead shoppers from Ripley's Market Place to the town's Green Flag award winning, Crossley Park and to the new long stay car park on Cromford Road.  The project was originally put forward in the Ripley Masterplan which stated that Crossley Park was a real asset for Ripley Town Centre but was not easy for people who worked in or visited Ripley Town Centre to get to as there was no obvious path. 

Councillor Liz Bowley, Cabinet Member for Green and Thriving Places to Live said: "I see this as kick starting the transformation of the town. Crossley Park is an asset to Ripley but there is currently no obvious way to get to it from the centre.  If our vision is realised it would provide a safe link to the park from the town centre and create a focal point for residents, shoppers and visitors to the town. These are examples of some of the projects, which came out of the Ripley Masterplan and are just a taster of the many ways to improve the landscape and make Ripley more attractive. I'd certainly welcome any ideas and suggestions from traders and shoppers about these proposals or any other ideas about how to improve the town centre."

The Council is working with Ripley Regeneration Partnership to draw up a list of projects which would improve the image of the town and its accessibility.

If plans are approved the investment would include major improvements to the paving and landscaping on Derby Road, Church Street and Grosvenor Road, new signage to help motorists find a place to park as well as re-painting the town's benches, bollards and CCTV columns. The Council is also looking to create a design guide to shape the way town centre looks in the future.

Ideas and suggestions can be emailed to regeneration@ambervalley.gov.uk or telephone 01773 841 520 or write to Regeneration, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley DE5 3BT.

Notes to editors
Currently there are currently no detailed artists impressions of the proposed new walkway but there are plans which outline the proposed route.

About Ripley Partnership
The Ripley Partnership is a group consisting of members of Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Ripley Town Council and local business representatives are encouraged to contribute. Its role is to drive forward the projects contained with the Ripley Masterplan that was endorsed in 2009. 

Ripley Town Centre is a part of Amber Valley In Derbyshire with a population of around 25,000. It's one of four market towns in the Borough.

All the proposals are subject to funding and approval at Full Council.

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

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