Ripley to get major facelift

NRHNLM111105A1 - Upgrade: Cllr Liz Bowley on Ripley Market place which has been ear-marked for improvement by the borough council.
NRHNLM111105A1 - Upgrade: Cllr Liz Bowley on Ripley Market place which has been ear-marked for improvement by the borough council.

RIPLEY is set for a £750,000 facelift after a scheme of town centre improvements was approved by Amber Valley Borough Council.

The Ripley Masterplan could see a £500,000 paving upgrade on Derby Road, Church Street and Grosvenor Road and up to £100,000 to improve shop fronts in the town.

A £150,000 landscaped walkway could also be created, linking the town centre with Crossley Park.

The proposals, approved at Wednesday’s latest full council meeting, also aim to draw market traders to the town by encouraging car boot sales and attractions such as children’s rides.

Cllr Liz Bowley, the council’s cabinet member for green and thriving places to live said: “I see this as kick starting the transformation of the town.

“Crossley Park is an asset to Ripley but there is currently no obvious way to get to it from the centre.”

Cllr Bowley added that funding for the project was not reliant on the sale of land at Nottingham Road to developer Clowes Westerman, which plans to build a supermarket on borough council-owned land there. It would come from council’s current capital reserves.

Although she said the council would have to review some of its other capital projects it intended to start if that land sale was not realised.

Other plans also include re-painting town benches, bollards and CCTV columns.