The access from the corner of Markham Road onto Sandy Lane Local Nature Reserve has always been of concern due to it being very steep and both difficult and dangerous to anyone wanting to use a wheelchair, mobility scooter or even a pushchair. Our previous chairman with the help of Chris Riley from Broxtowe BC had submitted two applications in the last three years to the National Lottery Awards for All scheme and to Nottinghamshire CC for the funding needed to provide a more gradual path sited further away from the corner towards the junction with Sandy Lane.

Sadly, both these applications had been turned down so it was a totally unexpected and very pleasant surprise when, in April, the Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities contacted Councils asking if they had any projects that required funding and would benefit open spaces.

Since the proposed plan had already been costed and a detailed plan prepared, Broxtowe BC were able to respond immediately. The Ministry agreed it would be beneficial and provided the money for this to be completed.

The original contractor who we had chosen was contacted and work began in the first week of July and was completed within a fortnight.

Preparing the "tray"...

Installing the pin kerbs

Laying the sub base

Rolling the top dressing

The finished path - a vast improvment

Sufficient money was also provided to resurface the circular path on Alexandrina Plantation LNR and to undertake some essential repair work on the steps leading from Thoresby Road.

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