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Rugby park revamp begins after community secures five-figure grant

Rugby Editorial 2nd Jun, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

WORK has begun on the revamp of a public park after the project bagged a second five-figure grant.

Millennium Green in Craven Road will get new playground equipment and a landscaping makeover thanks to a grant of over £45,000 from the SITA Trust.

Community group Benn’s Friends teamed up with Rugby Borough Council (RBC) and ward councillors to secure the grant, which will pay for new swings, a roundabout, a see-saw and a slide – and improved access to the park.

The funding comes hot on the heels of a £10,000 grant from the Government’s Pocket Parks programme in March to create a new mini multi-use games area, complete with basketball and football facilities.

And a £1,500 grant from Warwickshire County Council has allowed RBC to create a number of raised beds to expand the town’s edible gardening project, which encourages residents to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in community plots.

Amber Merrick-Potter, secretary of Benn’s Friends, said: “We’re delighted work has started on a fantastic refurbishment of Millennium Green.

“It has been a real community effort, with Benn’s Friends working with Rugby Borough Council’s parks team, the Benn Partnership Centre and ward councillors Maggie O’Rourke and Alan Webb.

“Three years ago this was just a community dream and we’re overjoyed at what has been achieved.”

Coun Maggie O’Rourke said: “This has been a community-led initiative, with a range of different partners working together to achieve a wonderful facility for local residents and their children.”

The council has confirmed plans to rename the park Whistance Millennium Green, in memory of the late ward councillor Brian Whistance, who played an instrumental role in the creation of the park at the turn of the century.

Rugby Borough Council environment spkeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “We’ve worked closely with Benn’s Friends throughout this project to both draw up the plans for Millennium Green and secure funding for the improvements.

“SITA Trust has supported a number of our projects to improve the borough’s parks and green spaces in recent years, and I’m delighted the trust has again backed our work with a generous grant.”

Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust – which awards funding for environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund – said: “This small but very valuable green space in Rugby town centre will hopefully become a hive of activity once the play park has been revamped.

“We’re really excited to to see how the local community will enjoy the new and improved space.”

Work on the Millennium Green improvements has now started and is set to be completed by the end of June.


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