Leyland cobble saga is finally over

Complete: Coun Peter Mullineaux with the finished work in Worden Park
Complete: Coun Peter Mullineaux with the finished work in Worden Park
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Resurfacing works around a Leyland park’s courtyards are now complete.

Visitors to Worden Park were shocked at the start of the year to find that South Ribble Council had pulled up the cobbles around the arts and crafts centre. The cobbles, which the council said were unsafe, were replaced by asphalt for months, before resurfacing works started towards the end of this year to create a gravel-effect.

The work is now finished, and it is hoped that the space can be used for community events and markets next year, as well as allowing the businesses in the arts and crafts centre to bring their wares out into the courtyard space.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “The resurfacing work in the courtyard areas around the arts and crafts centre has now been completed, apart from the replanting of the beds which will be done over the winter period.

“The new resin-bonded gravel is a robust, durable surface which is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

“These improvements have opened up the space and will allow the area to be used for a more diverse range of community activities, such as markets, craft fairs and outdoor events designed to bring more visitors into the park.”

Wendy Satchwell, who has an art gallery in the craft centre, said: “They have made a lovely job of it, it’s much more inviting and tidy now.

“It’s had a good reception from all of the businesses.”

Meanwhile, work expanding the main car park is due to finish this week, although it won’t be ready for use until the spring.

The grass reinforcement surfacing needs time to settle, and the extra 164 spaces will be available by Easter.