Update on Maltby’s Environmental Projects
Coronation Park Doorstep Greens
Coronation Park, (shown right – click image to enlarge), continues to be developed by the Friends of Maltby Parks in partnership with Groundwork, RMBC Green Spaces and Maltby Town Council. The Doorstep Greens project has really gained momentum in the last year with footpath and entrance improvements that have vastly improved the access in and around the park. We are now developing the final phase of this programme, which will lift the appearance of the park and give it a real identity.
Later this year, work will start on the planting of trees, shrubs and bulbs in the park and in the spring a wildflower meadow will be created on the banking, which should give the park a colorful show of flowers during the year. An artist has also been commissioned for the artistic Entranceway project. She will work with groups and young people who use the park to develop entrance features to the park. Keep a look out next year for the improvements!
Cherry Tree Park
The Cherry Tree Park Task Group has been working with Groundwork for over two years on the large open space between Birks Holt and White City estates. Last year saw the completion of the play facilities on the park and young people can now enjoy a brand new play area and kick about area. The group are now working to complete the safety project. Lighting has been installed on the two main walkways across the park and we are now looking to secure the access around the park from vehicles.
Manor Fields Skate Project
This project has been slow in developing but this should pick up over the next year as further funding has been approved for the project. The project will provide one of four strategic skate parks for the borough and will be developed with the Friends of Maltby Parks and young people who will use it in the future.
Groundwork has been working with Maltby Town Council to develop entrance features to the town. The Hellaby Bridge project will be completed by the end of the year and involves the construction of a large wall mounted with an artistic metal sign, surrounded ornamental grasses and shrubs. This will be one of a series of entrance features to the town planned over the next few years.
Other Plans for the Future
A full application has been made to Objective 1 through the Maltby, Thurcroft and Hellaby Integrated Development Plan for two public square projects. These were identified in the Community Plan and will improve the area to the frontage of Maltby library and the area to the front of the Edward Dunn and the new SureStart ‘Stepping Stones’ building.
If you would like to know more about any of these projects, or find out how to get involved, please contact Chris Roebuck at Groundwork Dearne Valley on (01226) 740077.
Funders for these projects include: The Big Lottery Fund’s Fair Share ‘Transforming Your Space’ programme, Objective 1 and Yorkshire Forward through the Maltby, Thurcroft and Hellaby Integrated Development Plan, Living Spaces, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Maltby Town Council, Doorstep Greens through the Countryside Agency, Landfill Tax credit funding from Waste Recycling Group Plc (Administered by WREN), HBOS Safer Communities and Operation ‘Gate-It’.
Maltby Festival, 20th August 2005
The Maltby Festival is a one day event to celebrate the people and places of Maltby. There will be several different events happening over the town, on the 20th August, which includes the Town Council’s Horticultural Show; the Opening of the New Sure Start Centre; Water Madness at the Swimming Baths; Story Telling (with refreshments) at Maltby Library and a Gala in Maltby’s Coronation Park.
This event is steered by the Town Council, the Friends of Maltby Parks, VAR, Maltby CDT, RMBC (Parks Development), Groundwork Dearne Valley, the Parish Church and others.
The idea behind the festival is to show the people of Maltby what the area can offer them. It is a prime opportunity for local clubs, groups, organisations and associations to promote themselves and increase participation numbers. Statutory services will also be available, allowing people to find out what is currently on offer.
Carl Pedley, The Parks Development Ranger (funded by the Big Lottery Fund) is keen on encouraging users of the park and would like to offer an invitation to other groups within the area to take part; this could be stalls, workshops, fun & games, etc. Carl is also keen on finding entertainers and performers, who could entertain during this day; if anyone is interested in participating please contact Carl on 01709 819 030.
Work starts on Cherry Tree Park
Work has started on Cherry Tree Park (formerly known as Tip Field) with the construction of brand new play facilities. The Cherry Tree Park task group, part of the White City and Birks Holt Partnership, have been working for over a year on the development of the park. Assisted by Groundwork Dearne Valley they have raised over £120,000 for the improvements which will provide a much-needed children’s play area, a kickabout area, sheltered seating and lighting to improve safety on the park. The plans were all developed through consultation with residents on both estates and work with young people from Maltby Linx Youth Participation Group.
The Cherry Tree Park Task Group says; ‘Both of our estates have been working together for children and future families. We hope this will lead to other groups working together towards more facilities for children in Maltby.’
Funding for this project has come from Living Spaces, the Big Lottery Fund’s Fair Share ‘Transforming Your Space’ grant, Landfill Tax credit funding from Waste Recycling Group Plc (administered by WREN), R.M.B.C.’s Housing Regeneration Scheme, Maltby Town Council and R.M.B.C. Green Spaces Unit.
The project has also been supported throughout by the partnership comprising the Friends of Maltby Park’s, Maltby Town Council and R.M.B.C.