Plans to revamp Bilton park move ahead after funding secured - The Rugby Observer

Plans to revamp Bilton park move ahead after funding secured

Rugby Editorial 10th Oct, 2022   0

PLANS to revamp a Bilton park are moving ahead after Rugby Borough Council (RBC) secured a grant of £100,000 to help fund the project.

The council has published a blueprint for the revamp of the park and play area in Apple Grove, following the award of the grant from the FCC Communities Foundation.

Residents are now being invited to have their say on the plans before work begins.

The masterplan was drawn up following a public consultation, with the refurbishment including a wide range of new play equipment, new paths and landscaping work.

Play equipment earmarked for Apple Grove includes a combination swing, climbing frame, wheelchair-accessible roundabout, seesaw, and a climbing frame and swings tailored for toddlers.

In addition to the new footpaths, the council also plans to install new seating while keeping a mix of close-mown grass for play and ‘urban meadow’ grassland to support pollinator-friendly insects.

RBC’s leisure and wellbeing spokesman Coun Howard Roberts, welcomed the grant to support the park refurbishment.

He said: “The masterplan for the work at Apple Grove was drawn up following a public consultation, so it’s important we now hear what residents think before moving forward with our plans.

“We’re very grateful to have received the funding support from the FCC Communities Foundation and now look forward to starting work on site.”

The FCC Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit business, awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund to support community, conservation and heritage projects.

Senior grant manager Richard Smith said: “We’re delighted to be supporting improvements at Apple Grove and pleased our funding will provide such significant play and access improvements for people across Bilton.

“FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects which make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Visit to view the refurbishment masterplan and take part in the consultation before the closing date of Thursday November 3.

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