Concerns over delays to tearoom

Campaigners have voiced concerns that a £400,000 project at Belper’s River Gardens has still not been started.

Plans were first drawn up for the new tea rooms at the gardens in 2010, with an architect being chosen to develop a three-winged Edwardian-style design.

Following meetings with English Heritage and the 
Environment Agency in 2012, architects McNeill, Bechey and O’Neill were asked to reduce the size of the building.

A revised blueprint was agreed. But this week, chairman of Friends of the River Gardens Trevor Griffin said it was worrying that building works were not yet under way.

He said: “Despite the fact that in December we were told it was all imminent, nothing has appeared. We would like to see it resolved as soon as possible. We have waited such an awful long time for such a small building.

“We are concerned it’s taken such a long time. All this time without facilities is unfortunate. And there is such a demand for it. There was an old tea bar down there which was demolished, which had been serving people. The council is trying to save money and they don’t necessarily have the funding.”

A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said that the authority was still consulting with the “relevant agencies” over the project.