No improvements to Kenilworth park after 12 months of waiting

Play equipment in Ebourne Rec
Play equipment in Ebourne Rec

A Kenilworth park has been left in the doldrums 12 months after planned work to improve it was announced.

Ebourne Recreation Ground in Ebourne Close has been left untouched by Warwick District Council despite several assurances work would soon get underway.

The entrance to Ebourne Rec

The entrance to Ebourne Rec

The plans were first announced at the Kenilworth Community Forum in February 2016, where it was said a consultation would start ‘soon’ on the council improving the park’s entrances, signs, litter bins and seating. This was made clear in the meeting’s minutes.

But, 12 months on, the council has said investigations at the park will take place in the next three to four weeks, with a consultation due to happen in the spring.

Richard Dickson, of Barrow Road, has been trying to chase up the council to get the work started over the last year, but to no avail.

He said: “We don’t seem to have got very far in the last 12 months.

“These are important open spaces for families, kids and dog-walkers, and they just need to get on with it.

“I accept you’ve got to do a survey report of the site, except they keep coming out saying they will be going to consultation soon.

“The delays with Ebourne Rec and the fact that people who should have been pushing to get this work done as promised clearly haven’t done so is very frustrating.”

The council said Ebourne’s history as a landfill site had delayed the start of improvements.

Cllr David Shilton, portfolio holder for green spaces at the district council, said: “Unlike some other local authorities Warwick District Council is committed to the continuous investment in and improvement of our 170 parks and open spaces.

“The Ebourne Close Recreation Ground project was announced at last year’s Community Forum as one of a programme of twelve improvement projects that the district’s green spaces team will undertaking from 2016 to 2018.

“Although we didn’t have a specific start date for this project, there has been a delay to our anticipated schedule due to the necessity for further investigative checks to the site before work can begin.

“These added checks are required because this is a former landfill site.

“Therefore as a council we have a duty of care to residents to ensure that we create a safe environment for all users of the park.”

The improvements should cost between £20,000 and £50,000, although a detailed plan of costs has not been made yet.