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Cllr Andy Meakin on Holiday Hills park

Coxmoor Discovery Day

Hundreds of residents on Coxmoor enjoyed a free fun day on Holiday Hills Park on Thursday 24 August.

The family fun day, hosted by Ashfield District Council, featured demonstrations on the BMX track by professionals from The Asylum Skatepark, as well as meet and greets. Children had their faces painted and hair braided, took part in craft activities and games, all for free. Free packed lunches were also provided. 

crowds of people queuing for face painting and hair braiding
residents enjoying the free face painting and hair braiding on Holiday Hills park in Kirkby

Families loved seeing the police car and fire engine that Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service bought with them to the event. Activities and entertainment were also provided by organisations including Switch Up, Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services, and Ashfield Children’s Centre.

The event was held on Holiday Hills Park on the Coxmoor Estate which has recently received £32,000 worth of investment for environmental improvements from the Safer Streets Fund. These include nine new streetlights, a replacement barrier to the park, new bins, hedge and tree trimming, weeding, and rubbish removal. These works have contributed to a reduction in reported anti-social behaviour on the park.

The improvements to the park are part of wider schemes implemented across the Coxmoor Estate to increase feelings of safety, financed by the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund. Compromising of QR codes to report faulty lighting, 13 new streetlights, gating of anti-social behaviour hotspot alleyways, additional CCTV cameras, burglary reduction schemes, and the installation of state-of-the-art Safe Point cameras opposite Morven Park and on Kirkby Plaza.

Cllr Andy Meakin, Ward Councillor for Abbey Hill, said:

“The free event on Coxmoor was a fantastic day for the whole family. Thanks to our Safer Streets Fund we are able to provide free activities and lunches for children. It was great to see so many families enjoying themselves on the park.
“With the Safer Streets Funding we have made significant improvements to Holiday Hills Park, and the surrounding area. The Council is committed to making Ashfield a safe and welcoming place to live, visit, and work, and the Safer Streets projects are helping us achieve this.”

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, commented:

"After visiting Holiday Hills Park last week and seeing all of the amazing work done thanks to additional Safer Streets funding, I'm really pleased to see that activities are now taking place on the park. The additional lighting installed is means that the people of Kirkby are safer and can enjoy the park once again."