Dunstable set to get new splash park with £1.25 million boost

20 March 2017

Splash parkA kids’ splash park and money to help restore the historic Priory House are among eight initiatives to benefit from £1.25million worth of co-funding given by Central Bedfordshire Council and Dunstable Town Council to help rejuvenate the town centre.

Dunstable Town Council has already used some of the funding to purchase new street cleansing machines operated by their Town Rangers. Architectural lighting has been installed on Dunstable Conference Centre, Priory House, and Grove House, while new entrance features for Priory Gardens are now in use. These will help to restore the traditional character of Dunstable as a historic market town.

In addition, Dunstable Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council will be funding a number of other improvements in the town, including:

  • a kids’ splash park in Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground near to the existing sports pavilion, as well as a new cafeteria and new community park space
  • improved town signage and benches will be installed after the A5 Woodside Link Road is open. The signs will promote the heritage of the town more effectively, as well as new leisure facilities such as the Grove Skate Park and the splash park
  • money will be spent investigating the feasibility of restoring the historic Priory House building’s undercroft. The Market Town Regeneration Fund could help lever up to £500,000 from Historic England and provide the town council with a £750,000 restoration budget. This follows a £1.25million investment in this Grade II listed building over the last 10 years

The money is part of £4million that we set aside for our Market Town Regeneration Fund. This comes from our own capital budget and aims to boost the vibrancy of market towns and promote their role in shaping and supporting economic growth, particularly for those towns which are facing population pressures. Overall, the funding is subsidising more than 30 projects across seven towns.

Cllr Nigel Young, our Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Our £4million Market Town Regeneration Fund initiative provides significant money to help rejuvenate our important market towns, at a time when very few other authorities are investing in town centres.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dunstable Town Council. Backed by the continuing work we are delivering in areas of regeneration, business support, employment and skills, these projects will help ensure the vibrancy of Dunstable and celebrate its history. They will help ensure that Dunstable is a place where people want to live, work and play.”

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