Huge £1.5m windfall to help bring Gypsey Race Park to Bridlington
An impression of how Gypsey Race Park will look
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Jun 2018
Almost £1.5m of European funding has been awarded for the second stage of a new £5.8m park at Bridlington.
The Gypsey Race Park is designed to follow the stream next to Hilderthorpe Road, providing new walking and cycling routes, play areas and wildlife spaces.
East Riding Council has now been awarded £1,491,346 from the European Regional Development Fund, to help fund the £4.6m second stage of the leafy park alongside the Gypsey Race.
Following a public exhibition in February, landscape designers Sweco Ltd submitted a planning application on behalf of the council for the second phase of the Bridlington park.
The result of the planning application for phase two is expected on June 28.
Councillor Andy Burton and Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance, on site at the groundbreaking of the Gypsey Race Park
The plans include new paths and seating for people to sit and enjoy the green space. Areas will be managed for local wildlife and features will be introduced into the park for children to discover and encourage active lifestyles.
East Riding Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder, 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.”
An artist's impression of Gypsey Race Park, Bridlington
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 first phase, costing £1.2m, was backed by a £697,154 European grant.
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.