At a meeting of the District Council's Community & Environment Committee last night councillors unanimously approved a report noting the progress of the regeneration project at the Dales' largest housing estate, at the same time adopting the Hurst Farm Woodland Management Plan.
Also approved was the inclusion of £251,000 Government grant funding in the council's current capital programme for improvements at Hurst Farm Social Club.
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The Hurst Farm Regeneration Project was created by Derbyshire Dales District Council and is operated with partners including Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Platform Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm.
Councillor Mike Ratcliffe told last night's meeting:
"It does your heart good to read something like this. I've been following this project for a number of years and it has always been meeting with success and the outcomes have been absolutely wonderful. They are a credit to all those involved.
"It's one of those things that makes all of us proud to be a member of this small local authority in that we can do things like this and realise really good outcomes."Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy agreed. He said:
"It brings great warmth to my heart. This is a good news story and we should laud it. But the work doesn't stop here - there's a lot more years to go and we will be searching for more grants to keep developing."A report [PDF] to the meeting presented by Estate Regeneration Manager Marie Schmidt outlined the progress made on the key anchor projects, including Hurst Farm Vision, Social Club improvements, a Community Pantry, improvements at Spider Park, the appointment of a Community Business Development Manager, a Heritage Trail and the Woodland Management Plan.
The £251,000 grant from the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities will see refurbishment completed for most of the Social Club building. New windows, a new flat roof and terrace, plus business start-up office space and a resurfaced car park will create a modern multi-functional community hub.
Work was already underway at the Social Club using £165,000 funding secured previously by the Regeneration Project, including £100,000 from Sport England and £5,000 from Chevin Homes. The Club is funding £25,000 itself.
Matlock ward member Councillor Martin Burfoot told last night's meeting:
"The officers involved in this fantastic project deserve enormous credit. It has taken tremendous work on Hurst Farm to get it into the position it is now."Fellow Matlock ward member Councillor Steve Wain added:
"There is a vibrancy in the area. It's been a very good thing making the stock of housing warmer. There is a lot of positivity and it's so reassuring. It's on the way up."