Upgrade for Telford parks with £35,000 boost

By Lisa O'Brien | Dawley | News | Published:

A park and playing fields in Telford will get an upgrade thanks to an injection of more than £35,000 of Government funding.

Dawley Park. Photo: Google StreetView.

Last month, the Secretary of State for Communities announced a range of initiatives to secure the future sustainability of the nation’s parks and to fund the creation of new parks and green spaces.

As part of this, the Government expanded the Pocket Parks Plus programme to make available £3.75 million to local community groups to facilitate the creation of these new parks.

The Government has now awarded £20,666 to improve playing fields in Coalbrookdale and £14,500 for Dawley Park.

The funding will be used to make improvements to Dawley Park and Sunniside playing field, including installing some outdoor gym equipment, a path to the play equipment and putting up picnic tables.

The news has been welcomed by Telford MP Lucy Allan.

She said: “I am so pleased that Coalbrookdale and Friends of Dawley Park have been successful in their bids for funding which will enable our local community to create a vibrant and inclusive green space for everyone to enjoy.

“I look forward to seeing the imaginative Pocket Parks projects becoming a reality at the Sunniside playing field and in Dawley.”



Councillor Nicola Lowery, who represents the Ironbridge Gorge ward, also welcomed the news.

She said: “I am truly delighted that the Coke Hearth Improvements Group has been awarded funding as part of the Government’s Pocket Parks Plus programme.

"The group has worked incredibly hard putting this bid together and the scheme they have proposed will have many benefits to residents in Sunniside Coalbrookdale.

"I look forward to continuing my support for this fantastic community project."


Jean Wright, on behalf of The Coke Hearth Improvements Group, said: "We are delighted with the success of our application.

"We have consulted residents to make improvements that will be of benefit to the whole of the Sunniside community.

"Our plans include adult outside gym equipment, picnic tables, raised beds for edible plants, and fruit trees and flowers.

"The work will start very soon and will involve volunteers from Sunniside.

"Thanks are also due to the Gorge Parish Council and Telford & Wrekin Council for their support.“

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.


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