Park given £50,000 grant left to go to “rack and ruin”

NDET 11-8-12 RKH 7 Richard Barron at the Overton park pond.
NDET 11-8-12 RKH 7 Richard Barron at the Overton park pond.

Angry villagers say a community park that was rejuvenated with a £50,000 grant has been left to go to “rack and ruin.”

In 2006 Overton Park, near Ashover won the Big Lottery Fund awards after residents rallied round to vote in the People’s Millions Competition.

The area was turned into an idyllic setting, and was used by Nottinghamshire County Council to run courses for young people with behavioural difficulties.

A picnic area and nature observation jetty were also created - but six years later the area has turned in to an unsightly mass of overgrown weeds.

Barry Watts, of Overton Hall, said: “All the residents are upset that it has been left to go wild after we worked hard to obtain a grant.”

An Ashover resident added: “The place has just gone to rack and ruin. It is also quite dangerous as the pond is completely covered in weeds.”

Derek Higton, service director for the young people’s service at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Our lease terminated on the Overton Park site in October last year, and we no longer have any responsibility for the site. All of the council’s financial and property obligations for Overton Park were fulfilled prior to the end of the lease.”

Derbyshire Times has been unable to trace the landowner.

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