£100,000 cash boost for East side open space

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Over £100,000 is going to be spent on projects on the East side of Whitby which are set to get under way this summer.

It is the latest development in the Action Eastside Plan which was started three years ago to improve community and open spaces.

The cash i njection is from capital receipts generated by the borough council, section 106 money, grants and match funding.

This is to compensate for loss of open space as a result of the Eskdale Park housing development.

The biggest expenditure will be £61, 754 on Green Lane Fields to create a play 
area and seating.

A report put to the borough council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday says it is the only green space serving The Ropery area, Green Lane and St Mary’s Crescent.

For many years locals have been asking for improvements and a community group consulting with families has been set up to look at what is needed and designs.

A decision on planning permission is expected later this month and construction is set to start in July or August with an opening planned for September.

In another project, a total of £27,000 is to be spent on improving the footpath from the Abbey carpark to Caedmon Trod.

A non-slip surface will be laid with Yorkshire Stone flags on the bottom section.

Whitby Town Council has pledged £3,000 match funding and a possible 10-year maintenance agreement.

At Calla Beck, a further £20,000 worth of works are going to be done over the next 12 months, building on volunteer days that have already seen work to improve drainage, repair paths, clear litter and fly-tipping and prune overgrown vegetation.

The council said: “The proposals set out form part of a comprehensive packageof community and open space improvements in East Whitby.

“Residents and local organisations are already working together to develop and implement plans, through the Eastside Action Group and this provides a solid base from which to capture local enthusiasm and increase community engagement.”