Residents are being asked for their views on new landscaping designs for the grounds at the front of Long Eaton Town Hall.

The new designs are on display in the reception area of the town hall until the end of this month and Erewash Borough Council is asking for comments on the proposed new look.

Some of the current planting around the building has become tired and needs replacing while the lawns are also in need of attention.

The council has drawn up a masterplan which will see new planting to frame the original Georgian hall and link with the modern side extension, using a planting scheme that will have year-round interest.

The new design will include the traditional planting of roses and clipped topiary at the front of the building and a more modern look, to include herbaceous plants and grasses, in front of the glass extension. The lawned areas close to the main road will be mass planted with spring bulbs and the area in front of Bridge House will have a more informal design as well as a wildflower area.

Work is due to start in the near future but will be phased over the next three years.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“Long Eaton Town Hall’s Georgian heritage together with the grounds at the front make it a real landmark at the heart of the town. Over the next three years, residents will see the grounds given a stunning and respectful new look. We hope people will drop in to the town hall reception to have a look at our plans and take the time to share their comments.”

The town hall is a Grade II listed building and is historically important, having been built in 1778 by architect Joseph Pickford as a grand farmhouse for Henry Howitt, one of Long Eaton’s most prosperous families. The history of the town hall will be celebrated with a new information board that will be installed in the grounds.