NEARLY £17,000 is to be spent on sprucing up three borough beauty spots, council chiefs have announced.

The investment will see improvements made at Marsh Park in Brierley Hill, Netherton Park and Huntingtree Park in Halesowen.

At Marsh Park, just over £6,000 will be spent - with plans to also replace corroded litter bins at the site. Money has also been set aside for three new war memorial benches.

Nearly £7,000 is to be spent at Huntingtree Park replacing all of the bins, which have rusted and are beyond repair.

The cash will also pay for a new net for the tennis court, a boot scraper for footballers and a picnic bench with wheelchair access.

And at Netherton Park, £3,870 is to be spent on replacing three litter bins and installing a handrail on the long winding stairs of the park’s rose garden - leading down the path towards the nursery.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, Dudley's cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said: "I welcome this investment to improve three popular and well-used open spaces in the borough.

"In consultation with each of the parks’ Friends groups, we’ve listened to what residents who live close to the parks and use them regularly want to see.

"The current litter bins at all three sites had become an eyesore, so I am sure users will welcome their replacement along with the other improvements to sporting facilities and access."

The funding comes from section 106 payments made by developers, who agree to put forward cash to offset any increased usage of local facilities.