10:51 Friday 22 February 2013

Park renovation project takes another major step forward


South Derbyshire District Council councillorsJohn Wilkins South Derbyshire District Council councillorsJohn Wilkins

COMMUNITY chiefs have backed a key part of plans to spend £800,000 renovating a historic recreation area.

South Derbyshire District Council’s finance committee rubber-stamped proposals to employ a community engagement officer to manage and deliver the scheme to breathe new life into Eureka Park, in Swadlincote.

A report to members said the official would be recruited on a five-year fixed-term contract to oversee a scheme part-funded by a £550,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“The project is to restore and repair the heritage features of Eurkeka Park and deliver a community engagement programme to explore and celebrate the development of the park and its significance in local culture,” it said.

During the meeting, John Wilkins, who represents the Midway ward for Labour, asked if the process of filling the new post could be delayed in case there was a need to re-deploy anyone from the authority’s existing staff.

He suggested there could be someone of sufficient talent within the council’s ranks to do the job.

Mark Alflat, the authority’s director of operations, said he would need to report back about the timescale involved.

John Lemmon, chairman of the housing and community services committee, told the members – seven Tories and six Labour members – that the vacancy was a specialist position.

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