First look at £225k masterplan to revamp one of Nuneaton's oldest parks

A first look has been revealed of £225,000 plans to give one of Nuneaton's oldest parks a make-over. It was back in 2006 when Sorrell Road park was last partly refurbished.

Now plans have been revealed to redevelop the whole area. A council 'concept' masterplan shows the outline proposals, but it does not include the finer details of what equipment will feature in it.

According to a council report, the redevelopment of the park will include new play equipment for all ages, some fitness equipment and new paths, fencing and site furniture.

It will be paid for in part, around £100,000 from the Hill Top and Caldwell Big Local (HTC) The rest, £125k, will come from the £4,028,173 UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) given to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

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A council report explains why the park is in desperate need of a new-look. "Currently it includes a multi-use games area (MUGA), a small enclosed play area and a limited teenage play provision," it states.

The park was last partly refurbished in 2006, making it one of our older play areas (play equipment is estimated to last 15-20 years, 25 at the very most)."

It says that a Greenspace and play audit carried out in 2022 revealed that Sorrell Road score 6th lowest for play value, due to the equipment, its age and accessibility. The Green Flag score was ‘fair’, which is in the lower half of the open spaces audited across the two towns.

It goes on to explain that members of the Green Space team have been working with the Hill Top and Caldwell Big Local group for more than 18 months plus as the group wish to invest some of the Big Local Lottery money they have been awarded in improving a play space in their area.

"Initially the group wanted to improve Middlemarch Rec but we have subsequently agreed that due to its location and ownership (by Housing) Middlemarch is not a good fit for redevelopment," the report explains. "Sorrell Road,however, is in the middle of their Big Local area, surrounded by housing and offering casual surveillance of the site and is deemed more appropriate for redevelopment."

The plans for the Sorrell RoadPark redevelopment are set to be looked at by councillor Tim Jenkins, at a single member decision meeting on June 6.

If approved, it will make the park one of eight new look 'Community Parks' in the borough. It is one of several to be given a make-over including Marlborough Road recreation ground.

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