Funded by UK Government logoA £245,000 mission to improve an Erewash park will get under way this autumn after the council awarded a contract for new lighting. 

The improvement to Long Eaton’s West Park will see the installation of 42 lampposts. This will mean an extra 1,215 metres of pathways are illuminated.

The investment is part of Long Eaton’s £24.8million Town Deal – which is money the council secured from the government for regeneration in the town. The West Park project aims to boost walking, running and cycling – even though the lights themselves are low energy.

Two gateways are among previously unlit sections of the park that will be illuminated. The new lighting will complete a figure of eight pathway through the park. Power will also be installed at the bandstand to encourage more use of it.

Work is expected to start in November after the contract was awarded to E.ON Lighting and Grid Energy Infrastructure Services. Richard Ledger, chair of the Long Eaton Town Deal board, said:

“This is all brilliant news – in more ways than one. West Park is a much-loved amenity, and this project means local people can make even more use of it.”

Councillor Alex Breene, who is Erewash’s Lead Member for Town Centres, Regeneration and Planning, said:

“The council is determined to ensure the people of Long Eaton all benefit from the investment that comes with the Town Deal – which is money that Erewash fought extremely hard for.”

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