Residents want Gedling’s Levelling Up cash spent on park upgrades, road repairs and car park improvements

A Gedling MP asked people living in the borough to submit ideas on where to spend cash awarded

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A list of Gedling borough projects and schemes that should benefit from Levelling Up cash has been revealed.

The list was shared by Gedling MP Tom Randall and was made up of ideas suggested by residents following a recent social media appeal.

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Gedling borough hasn’t yet benefitted the Government’s multi-billion pound Levelling Up fund – but Randall recently informed residents that more than £2m had been secured and would be handed over once Gedling Borough Council applied for the cash and detailed how it would be spent.

This prompted the MP to reach out for ideas from locals that he hoped would inspire the council when submitting details about the spend.

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Gedling Borough Council applied for a share of the fund last year but an application for £20m from the £1.7 billion pot was rejected.

Local Members of Parliament Tom Randall and Mark Spencer were critical about quality of the application but council leaders hit back at the MPs for not properly supporting the bid.

Mr Randall recently announced that a figure of £2,866,555 has been ‘guaranteed for Gedling borough’ – but Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke was quick to remind residents that this money wasn’t certain.

“This money has not yet been given to the council and there is an added layer of bureaucracy,” he said.

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“We need to provide an investment plan, which will take officer time and resource and doesn’t guarantee that we will get this much-needed money.”

Ideas submitted from residents…

  • Resurfacing of roads.
  • Improving council-owned property.
  • Bridlepath on Gedling Country Park.
  • More youth workers in the borough
  • Upgrading local parks.
  • More youth facilities for teenagers.
  • Investment in the cricket pavilion on King George Park.
  • Improvement of Valley Road playground.
  • Building a playground on Carlton Hill where the open space for the blind is and installing new benches, reducing the overgrown bushes and renovating the unused toilets into a coffee and snack bar.
  • Absorbing the money to compensate council tax.
  • Pedestrianising Front Street.
  • Solar panels for residents.
  • CCTV on King George Recreation Ground and the park on Standhill Road.
  • Zebra crossing on Breck Hill Road.
  • Calverton Road deer warning sign.
  • Employing extra dog fouling wardens.
  • Refurbish Wood Street toilets and install CCTV monitoring.
  • Lining the Borough’s high streets and residential areas with trees.
  • Speeding enforcement along Carlton Hill.
  • Opening more community hub for meals, youth clubs, rentable spaces for classes and voluntary service in Carlton.
  • Expand Mile End Road car park in Colwick and develop toilets. Change the car park surface. Better lighting near Vale Side Gardens Park in Colwick.
  • Remove graffiti from the ‘Welcome to Colwick’ stone.
  • Improve the public toilets on Arnot Hill Park; there is no hot water and extend opening hours.
  • More football facilities- Particularly around the Lambley Lane site.
  • Open a hockey field which can also be used for roller skating.
  • Developing the old Gedling Station into a community hub.
  • New shared community facility in Netherfield.
  • Turning the former colliery mineral line into a footpath or cycling route to link Gedling Country Park to Netherfield Town Centre.
  • Improving the environment- maintaining overgrown weeds and brambles, particularly around Howbeck Road.
  • Shed/storage area on Carlton Hill recreational ground for storage of community equipment with solar lighting and a grassed roof.
  • Rainwater collection system on the Carlton Hill Recreation ground for the watering of plants.
  • Entertainment facilities for teenagers, such a bowling centre and a laser quest.
  • Redesign Carlton Square car park – entrance lanes to Burton Road are not wide enough.
  • Where would you spend any Levelling Up cash received? Let us know in the comments below...

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