Some really good news – work on the next phase of improving Bingfield Park has started. Back in 2002 Bingfield was a war zone. Most weekends kids would ride stolen moped grand prix there and then burn the bikes, setting light to a couple of trees. A huge investment in 2004 led to a major rebuild and a massive drop off in anti social behaviour.
Workmen are now removing the decrepit fencing along Rufford Street. It is being replaced with the more modern silvery fencing that runs along the rest of the perimeter. This is a small part of a large funding package of just under £0.5million carefully marshalled by the ward counsellors from S106 money (funds a property developer pays for planning permission). Some local ward pledges money is part of the package. The council has worked closely with local groups to back up community action.
- the sports pitch and Crumbles Castle will be floodlit so that young people can use it in the winter, allowing CYP football to carry on through the year
- Sparkplug will be rebuilt with proper facilities
- benches will be installed
- new planting for biodiversity (the park is pretty sterile for wildlife)
Full details in the update note here. The whole project will take some time to complete. Thanks especially to Cllr Paul Convery, Lawrence Sullivan the Ranger and Andrew Bedford of Greenspace.