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Funds to improve town's facilities

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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A £90,000 scheme is set to improve facilities in Ashbourne.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is planning a series of works for the next two years which will see improvements to sporting facilities in the town and maintenance of Ashbourne’s historic Market Place.

The Memorial pavilion at Ashbourne Recreation ground is set to benefit from a £44,000 plan to refurbish the building by carrying out any repairs as well as redecorating and potentially replacing windows and doors. The water and heating systems will also be up-graded as well the internal and external fittings.

A similar £10,000 scheme has also been put in place for the two-team pavilion at the park.

At Ashbourne Leisure Centre, plans to replace the floor in the sports hall, at a cost of £8,000, have been laid out under the programme alongside a £13,000 new roof access walkway.

A further £15,000 has been earmarked for Ashbourne Market Place, Victoria Square and nearby pathways which are owned by the district council as part of an on-going schedule of repairing and re-bedding the stone setts.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashburnian, Councillor Tony Millward, said: “I’m delighted that some important areas of Ashbourne will be getting a facelift in the next financial year, but must stress that with the limited funding available, we can do no more at the moment than make good a few district council buildings and land identified as needing work following our own condition surveys.

“These are tough economic times and that means our capital programme is tight, but some funding is available now that significant commitments such as the building of Arc Leisure Matlock have been completed.” The district council will also spend more than £300,000 in Matlock and Bakewell on extending and resurfacing car parks as well as funding a £120,000 pot on refurbishing the Jubilee bridge in Matlock Bath.

The capital programme for the next two years will be funded by a number of sources including capital receipts, which are monies brought in by the sale of assets, or repayed on a capital loan, and grants and contributions, including more than £550,000 from Section 106 agreements.

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