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PLAYTIME’S OVER: Council accused of overspending on new Maple Cross play area facilities

 Published on: 22nd January 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have been accused by a local Conservative politician of having “significantly overspent” on a new playground in Maple Cross.

It was recently announced by TRDC that construction is currently ongoing for a refurbishment of Denham Way Playing Fields, funded by the council themselves and a grant from HS2.

This revamp will see a new play area, skate park, four floodlit tennis courts, an outdoor gym, a renovated pavilion and a multi-use games area installed, along with natural improvements such as pathways, a seasonal pond and new trees planted.

Construction for the project began in late December and is expected to be completed in April. But Conservative leader on the council, councillor Ciaran Reed, has expressed disappointment with how the development has gone ahead, saying development should have started in April of 2021.

Speaking to RICKYnews, he stated: “The Conservative Group have supported this scheme throughout and are delighted that it is now happening, but the council must be held to account for this being delayed and majorly over budget.

“Inflation since April has caused the increased costs but why the project was not started then, which would have saved the council over £86,000 has not been explained.”

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “There has been no overspend – the total cost for the project is £508,750.

“Any additional costs since the project’s inception in April 2022 have been as a result of increased construction costs owing to high inflation. Such challenges are not just faced by this council, but by individuals, businesses, organisations and local authorities across the country.

“We are delighted to be progressing well with this project, which will be delivered and will be a huge benefit to all who use it in the years ahead.”

Photo Credit: TRDC

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