Restoration work at recreation ground gets under way

VISITORS to Ransom s recreation ground in Hitchin should notice an improvement if they walk through the main entrance in Nightingale Road. The pillars have been jet-washed and smartened up while new name plaques and lanterns have been installed. The work

VISITORS to Ransom's recreation ground in Hitchin should notice an improvement if they walk through the main entrance in Nightingale Road.

The pillars have been jet-washed and smartened up while new name plaques and lanterns have been installed.

The work is part of a larger plan to restore the entrance to its former glory complete with railings to replace the original set which were removed in the last war.

The entrance also featured gates and lanterns when it was opened on pasture land donated to the people of Hitchin in 1929 by the Ransom family.


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North Hertfordshire District Council had hoped to restore the entrance with money from landfill tax grants company WREN and won support from the Triangle History Group and the Triangle Residents' Association, which cover that area.

Unfortunately, WREN turned the bid down but NHDC decided to go ahead with initial improvement work while investigating whether funding for new railings would be available through Awards For All.

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The new-look entrance has now received an official visit from Michael Ransom, whose family gave the park to the town, and residents Susan Day and Wendy Bowker

"Even though the total scheme can't go ahead yet, we have been able to smarten up the entrance of this much-loved park considerably," said Cllr Lynda Needham, the portfolio holder for the environment. "We do hope that the application to Awards For All will be successful and we can complete the refurbishment later. NHDC is committed to boosting our town centres."

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