Greenwich Park set for green-light

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Amber Valley council is set to give the green light to a new recreation ground at Greenwich Park in Ripley at a meeting on Monday 14.

The move is part of controversial plans to create a new Gateway for Ripley including housing and a supermarket.

The decision will pave the way for officers to cost the project and seek funding for development of a new recreation ground including a brand new floodlit Multi User Games Area, football pitches, sports pavilion, floodlit skateboard park and children’s play area.

Officers also recommend that the Executive Director (Environmental Services) be authorised to approve any alterations during the project, subject to consultation with the cllr Martin Tomlinson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Green & Thriving Places to Live, and Stuart Bradford, chairman of the Recreation and Amenities Committee.

Officers say a public consultation exercise, and discussions with local sports clubs, was sufficient to finalise the master plan.

A report said: “The sessions were well attended, with over 50 people viewing the plans and making comments. There were no major concerns or matters raised affecting the project proposals.”

The report also warned that any delay in adopting the recration ground plan will “inevitably delay the submission of the planning application for the wider Gateway scheme.”

The meeting of the Recreation & Amenities Committee takes place on Monday, January 14, at 3.45pm in the Council Chamber, of Ripley Town Hall.