The developers of Heatherton gave to the Derby City Council, from money received in the purchase price of Heatherton houses, £330,000 to be spent on the “provision of leisure facilities within 1 mile of the boundaries of the development area before April 2019.
The council decided in 2017 to allocate the money to a number of projects on the Littleover parks and we have been involved with the council Parks Department staff in developing a number of the projects. The money has started to be used and the parks are beginning to see the benefit.
Here are the projects that the Parks Department are working on.
HP-Heatherton Pond Parking and Platforms
HT-Teenage Equipment in Havenbaulk Lane Rec
MO-Millennium to Oaklands Link
SI-Sunnydale Path Improvements
SP-Sunnydale Play Area Drainage
CT-Clemsons Park More Trees &
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Heatherton sec.106 Projects
- Earl of Harrington Angling Club have proposed facilites for disabled anglers that would benefit everyone - 10 parking spaces by the entrance preferably on stabilised gravel and 6 fishing platforms with relevent ground work, path improvements, marginal planting, extra fish, benches and information boards. The reshaping of the entrance to be safer for vehicles is going through the planning process. Then other parts should proceed.
- From consultations Havenbaulk Lane Rec might be the best supported place for teenage play equipment. The council is looking at multi-sport games walls including basket ball hoops and football goals and perhaps youth shelters. Please, make your suggestions heard on this one in particular !!
- Designate the ‘no-mans-land’ green lane from Millennium Wood to Oaklands Avenue as a “bridleway” for a cycle+foot path linking to Moorway Lane.
This would be a strategic improvement for off-road travel.
- Millennium Wood Park is to be improved with a new natural pond and features around it, including a deck for pond dipping with benches, an interpretation board, and a wildlife area protected by a fence or dead hedge and a bird viewing screen. Work has started to lay the hedge beside where the pond will be. The suggestion of new trees is being considered in terms of budget and appropriate use for wildlife.
- The path through the central wood has recently been raised and resurfaced with a permeable recycled tarmac surface. This should improve as useage continues to compact it. There are more path improvements to come but waiting for the design of flood prevention work around the Cuttle Brook.
- Sunnydale children’s play area floods and needs either substantial drainage work to divert surface water either to a soak-away area or to the pond or relocating. But this too is waiting for the flood prevention work.
- Clemsons Park and Playing Field has a mix of at least 50 types of tree which are to be improved with more trees, particularly those suited to the wet clay soil and also a wildflower strip on the north side of the playing field (which used to be a pony paddock). The strip is no longer being mowed and we are noting what wildflowers return before adding any.
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MB-Millennium to Blagreaves Lane
BR-Benches Replaced in the area
SA-Staunton Avenue open space
GP-Griffe Field to Clemsons Parks
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- Creating a link across the fields between Millennium Wood Park and Blagreaves Lane to open a link to Sunnydale Park would be a strategic improvement parks and footpaths. But there is no progress on this currently.
- Money can always be spent on more benches both in Heatherton and throughout other green spaces. Perhaps this could be addressed by people and clubs donating them.
- Improvements to the Staunton Avenue play area has been achieved from other funds.
- The footpaths beside King George V Playing Fields (KGV) and through Griffe Field Park have a number of specific drainage problems which await other funding sources rather than Heatherton S.106.
Sunnydale Park - New Ultitrec surfacing to woodland path
Millennium Wood - DPV siding the hedge before laying
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