More than £1 million of European funding has been awarded to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver the second phase of the Gypsey Race Park.
The allocation of £1,491,346 from the European Regional Development Fund will help fund the next stage of a new park that will run alongside the Gypsey Race in Bridlington.
Following a public exhibition in February, landscape designers, Sweco Ltd, submitted a planning application on behalf of the council that will enable the next phase of the new linear park to be built.
The Gypsey Race Park will be a green corridor along the stream, providing pleasant walking and cycling routes, play areas and improved habitats for wildlife. The result of the planning application for phase two is expected on 28 June 2018.
The plans include new paths and seating for people to sit and enjoy the green space. Areas will be managed for local wildlife. Playful features will be introduced into the park for children to discover and encourage active lifestyles.
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has had a really positive response to the plans for the Gypsey Race Park and securing further funding from European Regional Development Fund will go a long way in helping to deliver the second phase, subject to receiving planning approval.
“Work started earlier this year on phase 1 of the park, adjacent to Hilderthorpe car park, with stage two to be developed near Tesco and Palace car park.
“Gypsey Race Park will create a space that showcases local wildlife, celebrates local heritage and boost civic pride.
“The council is committed to continuing its investment in the town, to provide new economic opportunities and develop a Bridlington for the future.”
Currently the main contractor, Esh Construction, are carrying out earthworks to re-engineer the banks of the water course and to create a wetland area that will provide valuable habitats for wildlife and help to mitigate flood risk. Areas of woodland and pleasant open spaces will be created for local people to enjoy.
The project is an important part of Bridlington’s regeneration plans and will provide an attractive edge for the development sites and the improved streets being created through the second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BridITP2).
For further information about regeneration in Bridlington, visit www.bridlingtonrenaissance.com
For more details about the project, contact Helen Jackson, renaissance project coordinator, at email@example.com or call (01482) 391707.