Dunstable set to get new splash park with £1.25 million boost

20 March 2017

Splash park

A kids’ splash park and money to help restore the historic Priory House are amongst six initiatives to benefit from £1.25 million worth of co-funding given by us and Dunstable Town Council to help rejuvenate the town centre.

Dunstable Town Council has already used some of the funding to purchase new street cleansing machines operated by its Town Centre Ranger. Architectural lighting has already been installed on Dunstable Conference Centre, Priory House, and Grove House, while new entrance features for Priory Gardens will soon be completed. These will help to restore the traditional character of Dunstable as a historic market town.

In addition, we'll be funding a number of other improvements in the town with Dunstable Town Council:

  • a kids’ splash park to be named “Bennett’s Splash” in Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground near to the existing sports pavilion, as well as a new cafeteria, called Splashside Café
  • improved town signage and benches will be installed as part of the A5 (High Street North de-trunking) improvement scheme. The signs will promote the heritage of the town more effectively, as well as new leisure facilities such as the Grove Skate Park and the splash park
  • money will be spent investigating the feasibility of restoring the historic Priory House

The money is part of £4 million that we set aside for our Market Town Regeneration Fund last year. The money is from our own capital budget, and aims to boost the vibrancy of market towns and promote their role in shaping and supporting economic growth, particularly those towns which are facing population pressures. Overall the funding is subsidising more than 30 projects across seven towns.

Cllr Nigel Young, our Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Our Market Town Regeneration Fund initiative provides significant money to help rejuvenate our important market towns, at a time when very few other authorities are investing in town centres.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dunstable Town Council. Backed by the continuing work the council is delivering in areas of regeneration, business support, employment and skills, these projects will help ensure the vibrancy of Dunstable and celebrate its history. They will help ensure that Dunstable is a place where people want to live, play and work.”

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