Car park vs all-weather sports pitch – costs revealed

Car park vs all-weather sports pitch – costs revealed

The plans to turn the contaminated former allotments and skatepark in Bingham into a car park and all weather sports pitch could cost the council more than £800,000. Architects have given initial estimates to the town council for the projects of the conversion being considered for the Moor Lane site. The site was closed back in 2007 after the land was found to be contaminated with chemicals, including arsenic, cyanide and lead which was left from the town’s former gasworks, which was based on the site. But the town council are limited to how it can redevelop the site because of the contamination. The figures where revealed at a meeting of the town council’s recreational and cemetery committee. The estimates are that the car park would cost the council around £630,000 whilst an all-weather pitch would cost around £700,000. Both costs exclude VAT and additional costs such as floodlighting. Butt Field Sports Club has been consulted on the proposal for a new sports pitch and said while they would support the project, they do not have the resources of funds to back it financially. However, the club said it holds long term ambitions to convert the land into a sports pitch to help expand its facilities. The Future Bingham project, to develop u to 1,050 homes, employment land and recreation facilities, north of the railway line, has been approved and already plans for a car park near the railway line. The town council may work in conjunction with The Crown Estate, which is behind the development, to see if they would contribute towards the conversion, using funds from its...
New Youth Facilities – Student’s Opinion

New Youth Facilities – Student’s Opinion

Students of Toot Hill School have had their say on the plans to build more youth facilities in Bingham. Town councillors surveyed the pupils at the school and the majority of the students wanted a youth shelter near the Young People’s Centre which is near the school. The students were asked to select from a range of plans – a youth shelter, free-running area, skating area, outdoor gym and a basketball court. They were also asked where they would like the facility built with a choice of either Wynhill, Toot Hill playing fields and two other locations. A total of 415 pupils took part in the survey with 176 choosing the centre as their preferred location and 154 opting for Wynhill. The survey results will be considered by the council’s recreational and cemetery committee, which will make a final decision. Mr John Stockwood, the chairman of the committee, said they faced a difficult choice because free-running equipment was the least popular choice and last year Urban Dash, a free-running group, raised money for youth facilities and gave a presentation to the council. Any youth shelter would have to be a substantial structure to deter vandalism after the previous shelter at Wynhill was vandalised. Mr George Davidson, said the gym would be more expensive to install than a shelter and Mr Paul Abbey said the council would have to consider the school’s plans for using the land near the Young People’s centre before it came up with ideas of their own. The committee decided to consider its option before making a...
The Crown Estate Plans Approved

The Crown Estate Plans Approved

The Crown Estate have been given the green light to build over 1,000 homes in Bingham. As well as the homes, a primary school, a community centre, 15.6 hectares of employment will be built on the outskirts of Bingham near the industrial estate. The plans were approved last night by a Rushcliffe Borough Council’s development control committee and council officers recommended that the plans were to be approved. Following the approval, the plans will be referred to Secretary of State, Eric Pickles for a final approval. Work could start in 2015/16....
Proposal for New Allotment Land

Proposal for New Allotment Land

The land next to Wynhill Court in Bingham could be turned into allotments after Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed that they were no longer interested in developing school buildings on the site. More than 50 people are on the waiting list for the Hill Lane plots and the town council want to use the land and turn it into allotments as soon as possible after the allotments at Moor Lane were closed 5 years ago after the land was found to be contaminated with chemicals, including arsenic, cyanide and lead. The Wynhill site was bought by the county council in 1979 and was meant for educational use, 34 years on they have decided they do not want the land any more after they confirmed that the land is now surplus to requirements. The ownership was reviewed after a request was made from Bingham Town Council to the county council. Chairman of Bingham Town Council’s policy and resources committee, Mr Francis Purdue-Horan said that the county would have to value the site and would seek potential developers. He said ” I think we need to make it clear fairly early on that we want the land for community use, rather than development. I think it would be a great thing for this committee to pursue.” Mr Purdue-Horan continued to say that he suggested the town council should buy the land with the help of the county’s Local Improvement Scheme which can give a grant of up to £50,000 for community projects like this one. Ms Lesley Haywood, a group manager for property design and maintenance at the Nottinghamshire County Council said...
Revised Plans on the Development of Bingham

Revised Plans on the Development of Bingham

Following the approved application for the new Tesco supermarket, the revised plan for 1,050 houses, employment and a school submitted by The Crown Estate, could be drawn up within a year. Mr Tony Fox put the idea to the town council and asked if a plan could be drawn up by October as this would be in time to guide budget decisions for the next financial year. “We should create a town plan or something that equates to it, as a matter of urgency for the benefit of this council and the town. In my view, we cannot wait. We need to get ahead of the game on this.” However, the council have said that this is an unrealistic time frame because of the time it would take to carry out consultations and involve residents. The first plan was drawn up in 2003 and was named the Market Town Initiative. Six years later, they launched the Bingham 2020 Initiative that looked into the future development of housing, employment needs, leisure and community facilities, transport and education. But in 2011, the council put Bingham 2020 on hold as they waited for information about The Crown Estate’s plans. Bingham council and Tony Fox were keen to not waste the previous plans, but progress with them in mind. Mr Fox has said that a regularly update town plan is essential. He did not think the Market Town Initiative was an acceptable plan because of its age. He continued to say that the Rushcliffe Borough Councillors could easily reflect the view of the town if it has an agreed plan in place. “I...
Network Rail Consider New Idea for Footbridge

Network Rail Consider New Idea for Footbridge

As we all now know, the plans for Tesco have been approved and work to start the new footbridge is due to start soon, and be finished by the end of this year, without delays. But according to the Network Rail, the public would prefer that the footbridge at the train station was improved instead of building a new one. Network Rail have said that they could upgrade the station footbridge to include a spiral ramp to provide access for the disabled and parents with pushchairs. They are also considering whether they will build a footbridge at the Moor Lane crossing, but it is unclear whether this one will have ramps. However, this would involve buying the land from Royal Mail as it would use the sorting office car park. Network Rail said that if either option was to be delayed or a decision could not be made, then a path would be built along the north of the railway line, linking to the bridleway to the northern platform and Chapel Lane. Tesco is set to contribute £650,000 to the project. Network Rail have admitted they have not given the public enough notice for the intial consultation which was in November 2012 and a second was held in December 2012. The replacement for the crossing is due to be open by April 2014, which is the date for building work to start on the new Tesco...