Exciting move on estate

PUBLISHED: 11:25 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

Work has begun

Work has begun

A PROJECT to transform two little-used car parks into a community park has begun. Land at the centre of the Grange estate – on Pelican Way – in Letchworth GC is being given an overhaul by Groundwork Hertfordshire – an environmental regeneration charity. A

A PROJECT to transform two little-used car parks into a community park has begun.

Land at the centre of the Grange estate - on Pelican Way - in Letchworth GC is being given an overhaul by Groundwork Hertfordshire - an environmental regeneration charity.

After consultation with residents about what they want to see on their estate, the final designs include play areas for toddlers and children, a basketball and football area and a youth shelter for young people.

The project also includes a large central community garden with seating and lighting, a hedge boundary for the local sheltered accommodation unit and green spaces for the local community to enjoy.

Esther Woodward, a resident on the Grange estate, said: "Anything would have been an improvement because it was just appalling.

"It's about reclaiming our estate and this is one of the first steps.

"It's very exciting and will cater for all ages.

"It's no good saying that we don't want children hanging round the streets. They need somewhere to go. This will give them a focus and something to do."

Groundwork Hertfordshire is working in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes.

The project has also received funding from Letchworth Garden City Town Council and Hertfordshire Police Authority, as well as lottery funding.

Grange estate resident Ryan Squire, 16, helped secure the lottery funding by appearing on GMTV for a live TV vote in April 2006.

He said: "The park will keep people off the streets and make the area look a bit nicer.

"I don't think people will wreck it either because it's somewhere for them to go rather than kick a ball in the street."

Geoff Bunce, senior community project officer for Groundwork Hertfordshire, said: "Once the work is complete, the centre of the estate will look very different and have much greater value for the local community."

The work is due to be completed by May 4.


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