Firstly I want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. I hope 2016 is a prosperous and healthy one for you and yourloved ones.

This year will see the opening of phase 1 of the Memorial Park redevelopment. In 2013 the Town Council agreed funding to refurbish the current junior play area at the Memorial Park and shortly afterwards decided that a more holistic approach looking at the whole of the park would be the best way to improve the area for local people.

So after years of consulting, discussing and finalising plans, the Council is nearly ready to tender out the work for phase 1 and get spades in the ground to provide much needed improvements at our park.

The project is being funded by the Town Council, the Borough Council and we hope, from some external funders to whom we’ve submitted funding bids. It will be one of the single biggest public sector investments in Coleshill for a generation but boy is it needed.

Our park just hasn’t met the standard we should expect as an historic market town whose residents pay the highest Council Tax in the whole of North Warwickshire.

The Memorial Park master plan will see the whole of the park area transformed with new equipment and facilities for all ages and all abilities. We’re making a big investment now so that the area remains fit for purpose for the next 20-30 years.

We’ve split the project into two phases meaning we can keep the park open whilst we do most of the work. Phase 1 will be completed this year and phase 2 will begin at some point in the next couple of years.

Phase 1 will include a new adventure playground near to the skate park, the expansion of the current junior play area and removal of the old tennis courts. We’ll be putting new tennis courts where the former playground used to be and what has now become wasteland. We’ll also be making improvements to the Millennium Garden, resurfacing the area around the Memorial Park Centre, improving the car park, making some of the boundaries more secure and improving the pedestrian entrance and walkway leading to Parkfield Road. As well as this we’ll also be installing an outdoor gym and trim trial. 

The idea of this redevelopment is to make Coleshill an even better place to live by providing a high quality facility that allows local people to stay in our town to access sports and recreation facilities instead of having to travel to other nearby parks.

I’m really looking forward to 2016 as a year that progress is made on a number of local issues but as Chair of the Town Councils Memorial Park Working Group, I can think of no other local project that is as exciting as the plans for improving our park. It’s long overdue and I’m delighted 2016 will be the year that we deliver it. 

This article is taken from the January edition of The Coleshill Post.

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