Ambergate Recreation Ground improvement work begins soon

Contractors have been appointed by Amber Valley Borough Council to undertake the first phase of £90,000 improvement works to Ambergate Recreation Ground, this autumn.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 8:40 am
Councillor Paul Lobley at Ambergate Recreation Ground.

The project will consist of a re-profiling of the grass area to significantly reduce the water logging that occurs on site, to make the park more usable throughout the year.

Also included in the first phase of works is a crushed stone perimeter path, which will enable the full extent of the park to be used by all visitors, including those with reduced mobility.

The works are due to begin in early October and are anticipated to take up to four weeks to complete. This may necessitate a closure of the park for a short period due to the heavy plant used on site and the council has apologised in advance for any inconvenience that this causes to Ambergate residents.

The second £50,000 phase of the works is due to be completed before the end of March 2021 and involves a major refurbishment of the children’s playground to cater for a wide range of age and abilities.

Councillor John McCabe, who is cabinet member for environment, said: “I am delighted that we are able to start work on this exciting scheme of improvements to Ambergate Recreation Ground. There could be some very short-term disruption, but I’m sure local residents will agree with me that the end result will far outweigh this.”

The improvements follow a petition, launched two years ago by Ambergate councillor Paul Lobley as a member of the public. On social media, he said: “Thanks to everyone who signed and supported it.”