The renovation of a recreation ground in Whittington is in full swing after a play area was restored.
Representatives from Lichfield District Council and Whittington Parish Council came together on Wednesday 24 February to see how the first phase of exciting plans to totally transform a recreation ground in Whittington is developing.
This first phase of the project, A Change for the Grange, includes renovating a derelict play area for children and restoring a football pitch. It also involves clearing and levelling the ground, re-seeding the grass, cutting back the overgrown areas, and repairing the fences.
Councillor John Smith, Chairman of Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council, said:
“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.