Park life set for revamp

Digging in: Moor Nook county councillor Kevin Ellard, and Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport

Digging in: Moor Nook county councillor Kevin Ellard, and Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport

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Green spaces across the city are set to be given a revamp.

Funding for the restoration of Moor Park is due to be approved by councillors today, and community allotments in Moor Nook have been given an £8,000 boost for a facelift.

And, as open spaces across the city are recognised with Green Flag Awards, leaders explain the importance of Preston’s parks.

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment with Preston Council, said most of the money for Moor Park came from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with match funding from the council.

He said: “We’ve got some of the best parks in Lancashire as far as I’m concerned and we are happy to have this money invested in it.

“I’m sure people come and relax and spend their afternoons in the parks and that’s what this is aimed at doing.”

Councillors are expected today to approve funding to restore the oldest park in the city, costing a total of £2.35m and with a £1.725m contribution from the HLF.

Coun Boswell said: “They recognise the parks are the jewel in the crown of Preston and I agree with that.

“They recognise the work we do on them brings benefits to the people of Preston and the whole community.

“In Moor Park they are putting a skate park and drainage and it’s an amazing thing they are doing, and we are really glad we have this really good relationship with the HLF.”

Lancashire County Council has also announced an £8,000 investment to spruce up the entrance to Moor Nook Community Allotments.

The previously muddy access road off Langden Drive has been surfaced with fresh tarmac, and two new signs put up to welcome people to Moor Nook and direct them to local facilities.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Small environmental improvements like this make a real difference by giving people a better sense of ownership of their community facilities.

“Our environment and community projects team works with the estate management board for Moor Nook and residents had identified that the state of the access road was a problem for everyone who uses the allotment and particularly for people with limited mobility.”

County Coun Kevin Ellard, who represents the area, added: “People in Moor Nook really value the allotments and I’m very glad we’ve been able to make it easier for everyone to visit them.

“The new signs feature colourful pictures of vegetables which were designed by the local youth club and I’m glad to see what has been achieved as result of good partnership work by a number of local organisations.”

Lancashire County Council worked closely with officers from Preston Council’s community engagement team and Community Gateway Association to deliver the scheme, which was funded from a county council budget for small environmental projects.