Progress of park refurbishment is questioned

Councillors have voiced their concerns over the progress of refurbishment work to a park which was awarded funding two years ago.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund awarded £487,000 to High Peak Borough Council to refurbish Whaley Bridge Memorial Park under the ‘Parks for People’ programme in 2011.

At a recent meeting of Whaley Bridge Town Council, councillors responded to a letter from a resident complaining about litter and glass in the park.

Councillor Jon Goldfinch said: “We have been having to chase High Peak Borough Council for a number of years and they seem to not respond.”

Cllr Dave Lomax added: “I think it is very sad that we have not been told what is going on.”

When the money was first awarded the plan was for the park to have new furniture, a new play area, new planting schemes and a new bridge.

In 2012 a skate park was opened, however the town council claims it has heard nothing on the project’s progress since last year.

In the meantime, Whaley Bridge Town Council has continued to pay £2,000 towards the scheme per year, which it is obliged to do for a period of five years.

Cllr Rodney Gilmour said: “My impression is this thing is an utter shambles.”