Opportunity as park gets £290,000 revamp

NRHNLM110215A1 - Cllr Jack Brown outside Heanor Memorial park
NRHNLM110215A1 - Cllr Jack Brown outside Heanor Memorial park

entrepreneurs are being sought by Amber Valley Borough Council to run a new refreshment kiosk at Heanor Memorial Park.

The former pump house has been converted into a kiosk as part of a £290,000 refurbishment works programme, which includes restoring the park’s iconic gates.

Further works will take place in March to refurbish the war memorial and to install CCTV and further lighting in the park.

Cllr Jack Brown, borough council cabinet member for cleaner, greener, safer issues said: “There will be some disruption to park users over the next nine months but it will be worth it.

“It forms part of the Heanor Masterplan – a commitment to the people of Heanor that we would make improvements to the town to help regenerate the area and improve the leisure and recreational facilities for local people.

“I am proud of the work we’ve already done and I look forward to launching the next round of improvements in the future.”

Replanting will take place and a new performance area will be created to enable local theatre and amateur dramatics groups to stage performances in the park as part of the refurbishment programme. The performance area is expected to be completed by October and the kiosk is expected to be completed by April.

Last year, a new play area was installed, the paddling pool was upgraded and the historic gates to the park, which once formed part of the historic Shipley Hall estate during the 18th Century, were restored and reinstated.

The park was founded after World War II to provide a fitting memorial to all those killed in hostilities and so local people could enjoy nature near to the centre of town. It was formally opened on April 28 1951 by the Duke of Devonshire, and a dedication service was led by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

Interested parties or individuals who may want to operate the refreshment kiosk should contact Sharon Thomas to request an information pack.

For more details call 01773 841570 or email sharon.thomas@ambervalley.gov.uk

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