Parks in Rugby could get protected status

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SELECTED parks in Rugby will be permanently protected as community assets for future generations, if the council gives it the go ahead.

The borough council’s Cabinet will meet to decide whether or not to designate the parks as Queen Elizabeth II Fields on Monday. The status is a special designation available for certain parks and playing fields during the Diamond Jubilee year.

This special status for these parks could make them eligible for extra investment and will also need community involvement in how these areas are used, managed and maintained.

The sites that could be designated as Queen Elizabeth II Fields are:

Caldecott Park

Whitehall Recreation Ground

Alwyn Road Recreation Ground

Featherbed Lane Recreation Ground

Avon Mill Recreation Ground

Whinfield Recreation Ground

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “Designating these sites will protect them for our communities now and for generations to come. Like the King George playing fields that have been designated in the past, these parks and recreation grounds will carry their titles into history, providing a fitting tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

“During these times of austerity, many Councils are selling off their “Crown jewels”, but here in Rugby we are investing in developing, enhancing and protecting special places that our communities use, enjoy and appreciate.

“We are improving play facilities, creating natural woodlands and enhancing the facilities for leisure and recreation across the borough.”

The main benefits of protection as a Queen Elizabeth II Field are:

Making an express and recognisable commitment to local people to safeguard land, facilities and opportunities for sport, play and outdoor recreation both now and forever

Protecting public access to outdoor space

Helping to secure future funding post 2012

Providing reassurance to potential investors regarding viability and sustainability

Raising awareness of the importance of such facilities in the context of quality of life, health, the environment and amenity