Monday 12th March 2018
The people of Reading are set to enjoy some substantial improvements to the town’s parks.
That’s because Reading Borough Council is exploring plans to pump a total of £786,700 into improving its green spaces.
The lion’s share of the funding would go to improving playground equipment, new landscaping and the planting of trees.
The majority of these schemes will be financed by developer contributions, known as Section 106 agreements – money developers must pay to fund council run services.
Some of the more expensive proposals include:
- £116,200 for Palmer Park in Reading, Berkshire. The money would be invested to improve indoor and outdoor areas.
- £77,200 for Prospect Park in Liebenrood Road, Tilehurst. The investment would refurbish sports pitches and tennis courts.
- £70,000 for Cintra Park in Cintra Avenue. The money would be used to improve in the playground and sports area.
- £43,600 for Victoria Recreation Ground in Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst. Work would involve significant landscaping and additional seating.
- £26,500 to improve Arthur Newbery Park in Larissa Close, Tilehurst.
Even more ambitious proposals have been put forward for Whitley WoodRecreation Ground, which could be transformed with £132,000, for new outdoor sports pitches and courts.
The council also wants to spend £100,000 at Coley Recreation Ground to extend to the park’s play area and build an outdoor gym.
The plans will be put forward as a recommendation at the council’s Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee on Wednesday, March 14.
Councillor Sarah Hacker, lead member for culture, sport and consumer services, said:
“I’m delighted we are in a position to deliver such an extensive plan of improvements across Reading’s green spaces.
“Where we live, and the quality of our immediate environment has a huge impact on our quality of life and wellbeing.
“This level of investment shows we are committed to keeping the town clean, safe, green and active.
“Subject to approval, this proposed programme of improvements will provide a fantastic boost for recreational facilities all over our borough.
“We want residents of all ages to benefit from using our open spaces, and I hope this will encourage many more to do so.”