A new cycle-path link between Littleover, Blagreaves and Heatherton is among the proposals to be considered by Derby City Council cabinet members at a meeting on June 21st.

The link, which will go from Oaklands Avenue to Millennium Park, will cost up to £150,000 and is part of proposals costing £318,000.

Other improvements for leisure facilities in the area include the creation of a small wildlife pond at Millennium Park, a car park at Heatherton Pond off Moorway Lane and the provision of play or outdoor gym equipment.

A report for the meeting said £333,000 had been received from developers in 2009 in a Section 106 (S106) agreement for land in Heatherton.

Only about £15,000 had been used so far on improvements to paths in Sunnydale Park. The rest needed to be spent by April 1st 2019 or returned to the developer.

Other ideas have been considered including the development of a ‘City Park’ project between Moorway Lane and Oaklands Avenue, but cost of land was more than the available funds.

Heatherton Community Association had also requested funds for a proposed extension to their community centre but local councillors preferred the provision of outdoor recreation facilities while a sum of £53,219 is already earmarked towards an extension of the centre from an alternative Section 106 Agreement.

The Council will need to acquire rights over the land which is intended to be achieved by either a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) or by a Public Path Creation Order (Section 26 Highways Act 1980).

Cllr Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “The latter is the preferred option that officers currently intend to pursue, as it potentially is likely to be the quicker and least expensive option for achieving the objective resulting in the creation of a bridleway.

“It is important to note that both options are also potentially subject to final approval of the Secretary of State. However, most expenditure of the project involves the construction costs which will not be incurred unless and until the necessary rights over the land have been secured.

“The new Oaklands Avenue Cycle path link between two communities improves access to parks and open spaces helping promote health and well-being through cycling and walking and furthers the objectives of the Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2014-2017.

“Among the Council’s 50 Pledges is to help people live healthier lives and this project helps to fulfil that target.”

Cllr Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:  “I’m delighted with the list of proposed improvements to the parks facilities in the area.

“We have worked with the Friends of Littleover Parks on the schemes and are sure residents will enjoy the cycle path and improved green spaces for many years to come.”

Proposed schemes

Oaklands Avenue cycle/path link – £150,000

Heatherton Pond – new car park, picnic benches, pond improvements – £34,000

Sunnydale Park  path resurfacing improvements – £49,000

Millennium Park creation of small wildlife pond – £11,000

Clemson’s Park – improved wildlife habitats – £5,000

Improvements to Havenbaulk Lane & Sunnydale Park play facilities subject to local consultations on detailed designs £69,000