Hawtonville open space transformed

16 March 2017

A piece of waste ground in Newark has been transformed in response to calls for improvements from local residents.

Newark and Sherwood District Council headed up the scheme to change the appearance of the land next to Hawtonville Community Centre, off Jersey Street, which was in a poor state of repair and the subject of complaints of anti-social behaviour.

And now, thanks to funds from Nottinghamshire County Council's supporting Local Communities (SLC) scheme (£30,000), Newark and Sherwood Homes (£5,000) and Newark and Sherwood District Council (£2,000) in partnership with the regeneration charity Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield and contractors NT Killingley, it is much improved environment.

Old fencing, graffiti boards and walls were removed from the land and the area completely re-surfaced with colour effects, lighting bollards and newly-planted tress - work which was completed within three weeks.

District council chairman Councillor Tony Roberts, opened the new space along with the four new House Captains from William Gladstone Church of England Primary Academy School. Councillor Roberts said: "What has been achieved here is excellent, a major improvement ion what existed here before. We'd like to thank Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark and Sherwood Homes, Groundwork and NT Killingley who worked so quickly to transform this piece of land."

Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of the county council's environment and sustainability committee said: "This is a great example of how Nottinghamshire County Council's supporting local communities fund can make a real difference in the community. We are delighted that this funding will benefit the local community with this much-needed revamp of this piece of land. Hopefully the land will be more welcoming space and help residents feel safer."

Hannah Brightmore, quantity surveyor at NT Killingley, said: "As with many of the projects we work on, there was limited funding for the scheme at Hawtonville Community Centre.

"By working closely with the client, we offered value engineering options and design changes to ensure that the works undertaken still met the concept produced by the local community but also fit their budget constraints."

In a study carried out by the Hawtonville Neighbourhood Partnership last year, which involved more than 300 residents and prompted 1,000 suggestions, the biggest concern of residents was the environment and open spaces.

Following the work with stakeholders and residents a new vision was created - Hawtonville: A proud and prosperous community.

In addition to the Hawtonville Open Spaces project there are a number of projects investing in the neighbourhood:

  • Newark and Sherwood Homes recently appointed a senior housing officer for Hawtonville with responsibility for supporting the local community, in line with the recommendations of the Hawtonville Neighbourhood Study.
  • The district council is working with partners to increase the use of Hawtonville Community Centre.
  • The CCTV camera at St Mary's Gardens has recently been upgraded to improve its capacity to work at night. 

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