'Every little helps' give huge boost to Yardley park

By on 04/02/2013 in Deputy Leader, News

A scheme to improve a park in Yardley, using £3 million from supermarket giant Tesco is set to be approved later this month.

Plans for the park include new pitches, tennis courts, additional play facilities, a skatepark, woodland and tree planning, paths, seating and extra car parking.

The business case for improving and investing in Oaklands Recreation Ground in South Yardley will go before Birmingham City Council's Cabinet on February 11.  If approved, the plans will be implemented over the next two to three years.

Money was first secured in November 2010 following the completion of a Section 106 Agreement which was tied to Tesco's development at the Swan Centre in Church Road, Yardley.  Since then, park staff have worked alongside the Yardley Neighbourhood Forum and the Friends of Oaklands to develop ideas and consult with local residents.

Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “In these tough times for local Government it is pleasing to have some good news for residents in Yardley.

“Through this scheme residents in South Yardley will benefit from fantastic facilities in their local park and enjoy a much better quality of life.

“The proposed paths and perimeter fencing will define and improve the space and users should feel a lot safer, while the new sports facilities will encourage locals to take up sport and get a healthier lifestyle.”

The capital cost of the proposed programme is £2.1 million and the day-to-day revenue costs over 20 years will be around £1 million.

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For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 303 4476 / 078801 80385

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