Committee agrees to grant £30,000 for Bancroft redevelopment

PUBLISHED: 10:10 15 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:05 17 January 2011

Bancroft gardens, Hitchin.

Bancroft gardens, Hitchin.

Daniel Wilson

A MAJOR Hitchin park development has been allocated £30,000 from a Hitchin group, after members voted unanimously last week to part-fund the project.

Bancroft Park is due to undergo a series of works on its grounds, after holding a public consultation which ended last month.

Hitchin Committee agreed last Tuesday to put £30,000 towards the scheme, which it hopes will be used to improve facilities in the grounds for young people.

Plans for the redevelopment include removing the tennis courts to create a large games area and creating more leisure opportunities for older children.

Other key proposals would see the privately owned tennis courts made available to the public and landscaping the entrance to make it more accessible for pedestrians, whilst restricting vehicle access.

“We are keen to make sure that the facilities for young people are improved,” said Cllr Judi Billing, who chairs the committee.

“That is why we are putting this money towards it.

“The multi use games area will be welcomed. A children’s play area is of high importance.

“We are happy to support it. It’s an interesting scheme.”

The final costing for the North Herts District Council (NHDC) project has not been given, although it is thought that it will cost at least £500,000.

It is uncertain whether capital money will be available to finance the project, although the charity Groundwork Hertfordshire will apply for external grants and approach businesses for sponsorship.

But it is believed that there will still be a shortfall of funding, which is why the committee was asked for the £30,000 fund.

When the final project has been costed, applications for funding will be made.

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