Town Deal-funded refurbishments for Goole's Victoria Pleasure Ground and parks

Tue, 09 Feb 2021

The Goole Town Deal Board has allocated early windfall funding to kick-start the enhancement of the town's leisure, recreation and sports provision, including the Victoria Pleasure Ground and various parks.

Work has already begun at Victoria Pleasure Grounds, with a replacement floodlighting system being installed. The modern LED system will ensure the zoning of lighting and the system will reduce running costs by some 70%, making the management of the ground more sustainable and reduce light pollution. 

The grounds will also see a refurbished changing and social facilities on completion, and users will greatly benefit from the improved facilities.

A portion of the early funding was also allocated to a parks improvement package to recognise the important function of access to outdoor spaces.

The funding is part of the initial capital grant the Government offered last September to the 101 towns invited to take part in the Town Deal process. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is overseeing the distribution of the money in its role as the accountable body for the Town Deal Board.

The Towns Fund enabling the refurbishments is part of the Government's plan for levelling up the UK economy. The overarching aims of the Town Funds are to drive the sustainable economic regeneration of towns to deliver long-term economic and productivity growth.

Councillor Victoria Aitken, portfolio holder for economic development and inward investment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "As a Board, we recognise that parks and sports facilities are integral leisure and recreational places that give people a variety of opportunities to enjoy.

"This is particularly important considering exercise is currently limited to outdoor pursuits. The Victoria Pleasure Grounds are an important town centre asset for sports organisations and offer great future potential if improvements are made."

Josie Head, Mayor and leader of Goole Town Council, said: "I'm delighted our town's wonderful parks, play areas and sporting venues have been recognised as important community assets. Goole Town Council is pleased to work in partnership with the Town Deal Board and deliver these projects under the accelerated programme."

Combined with residual funds from the Heritage Lottery fund West Park is set to have an additional 28 car parking spaces and much-needed additional disabled parking spaces.

Goole Town Council also recognised that there is a shortfall in provision with a lack of parking, suitable toilet facilities and all-weather football at South Park. As such, car parking for 22 vehicles will be provided, making it easier for visitors to access the park and easing problems on the shared access road.

The existing toilet block will be completely refurbished with new facilities and the project will include the installation of a multi-use games area, which will allow the playing of football and basketball the whole year round.

Goole Town Council recognised there is a shortfall in provision at South Park with a lack of parking, suitable toilet facilities and all-weather football. From this, car parking for 22 vehicles will be provided and facilities will be refurbished including the installation of a multi-use games area.

Riverside Gardens will also receive a makeover, including a new roof, fascias and guttering to allow the pavilion to be opened as a tea room. This will provide a local business opportunity as the operation of the tea rooms will be franchised.

To find out more about the Goole Town Deal, please visit www.gooletowndeal.co.uk or www.facebook.com/gooletowndeal

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