The Town Council has approved £30,000 to fund improvements
to the roadway from the main entrance on Rectory Road.
The Friends of Rectory Park approached the Town Council for funding as the poor state of repair and neglect is a potential hazard to park users.
The Friends of Rectory Park have a strong record of fundraising to improve facilities at the Park but without funding from the Town Council, it would not be possible to carry out the necessary repairs as the works required simply do not feature in Birmingham City Council’s priorities for funding.
During 2012, Friends of Rectory Park worked hard to secure Queen Elizabeth II Field status as part of the Fields Trust flagship programme - The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. This aimed to protect outdoor recreational spaces across the UK to create a grassroots legacy from the momentous events of 2012: Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Councillor David Pears Leader of the Town Council said “he is delighted the Town Council has approved the £30,000 funding. It’s all part of the Town Council making a positive difference for residents of Sutton Coldfield and improving facilities that have been previously neglected”.
The Town Council allocated a total budget of £50,000 for Park Enhancements in the current financial year as part of the Healthier and Happier priority theme. An additional £50,000 is available in the next financial year and the Town Council is already looking at how this can be best spent.
The improvements will be carried out at the entrance adjacent to the Outdoor Gym and Children’s Play area, which is also the entrance for the Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club and Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club. It is anticipated that the improvements will be carried out in time for the new cricket season.