Makeover of Dagenham’s Central Park could generate £1.1million
PUBLISHED: 12:22 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 17 October 2018
Regenerating Dagenham’s Central Park could generate £1.1 million, according to council forecasts.
Under the Park and Open Spaces Strategy, the council is proposing upgrades to the park which would see a new pavilion, rugby pitch and story-telling area built.
The total cost of implementing the plans, known as the Central Park Masterplan, would be £2.3m, with the £1.1m raised in profit used to partially pay for them.
The £1.1m would be generated through a ‘gate price’, which is the price a transport company would pay to dump soil on the site. As part of the works, 237,504m3 of soil would be dumped in the park over the next two years to create a new area for landscaping. The money generated via this would be used to implement the council’s proposals.
It is expected the planning application for the park would be submitted at the start of 2019, with works beginning in autumn to be completed by 2021.
The most expensive aspects of the plans would be a rugby club house, costing £200,000, and grass seed for the park, which would cost £197,897.
The proposals were approved in principle at a cabinet meeting yesterday (Tuesday).
A report on the plans emphasises the benefits they will bring to health and the environment in the borough.
It states: “The improvement works will provide greatly enhanced informal and formal sport and recreational opportunities to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of residents.
“The scheme will also improve biodiversity, the quality of the natural landscape and provide community food growing initiatives, as well as better facilities for commercial and community events’ programmes.”
In a quality audit of the borough’s parks, Central Park received a ‘poor’ rating, with users naming cleanliness, safety and quality of facilities as their priorities. The quality of family facilities, like toilets and play spaces, were most in need of improvement.
The park, which is connected to Eastbrookend Country Park, currently has a mini-golf course, outdoor gym and bowling green. Under the proposals, an events space and ampitheatre-style area would be built, along with a cafe terrace, accessible playground and play area for older children.