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“We’re delighted with how the first phase of the project is progressing. The recreation ground has been derelict for eight years, and so this has made such a difference to the area already. The Grange, now renamed Swan Park, will undoubtedly prove popular with local families, and we’d like to thank the district council for helping us to part fund the project.”Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council were able to progress with their plans thanks to more than £11,000 funding, secured by Lichfield District Council through Section 106 Agreements. These agreements are made when a large development gets the go-ahead in the district and there is a need to provide associated social and community facilities. The council negotiate with the developers, who agree to contribute to the delivery of schemes. The council then distributes the funding to local projects. Cllr Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, added:
“We are pleased the first phase of the project is coming along so well and we are looking forward to the launch. This is just the kind of project Section 106 money is for, as Swan Park will be used by generations of Whittington locals for years to come.”Lichfield District Council is now helping the parish council to secure funding for the remainder of the project. This will hopefully see the derelict tennis courts transformed into a multi purpose sports area for tennis, netball, basketball and other sports.