South Ribble park vision is unveiled in masterplan

Central Parks, South Ribble.
Central Parks, South Ribble.
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  • Council publish photos of what Central Parks could look like
  • Community ideas have been included in the vision
  • Document due before planning committee on March 11
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THE vision for a huge new park in South Ribble has been unveiled.

Council bosses have published photos showing what Central Parks could look like in the future.

We have made a tremendous amount of progress with Central Parks since we announced the ambitious project 10 months ago, and this masterplan represents another hugely exciting step forward.

Cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes

They form part of a ‘masterplan’ for the park, which was announced as part of South Ribble Council’s 40th anniversary celebrations in April last year.

Feedback has been worked into the plan, including community suggestions such as a natural amphitheatre, an adventure play area and mountain bike trails.

Cycle and walking routes feature heavily, as do the provision of outdoor education, the protection of wildlife and the celebration of the area’s heritage.

Much of the current footprint of the park consists of separate pieces of public land, which the masterplan proposes to pull together so they can be protected and enhanced in a co-ordinated way as the borough grows.

It is hoped that the whole of Central Parks will be created within 15 years.

The document will be put to the council’s planning committee on 11 March, when its members will be asked to put it forward for public consultation.

If it is agreed by the committee, people would be given the chance to have their say at a range of events, in writing or online over a period of six weeks.

Cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, said: “We have made a tremendous amount of progress with Central Parks since we announced the ambitious project 10 months ago, and this masterplan represents another hugely exciting step forward.

“Although it’s still relatively early days in the grand scheme of things, some fantastic ideas have started to take shape, and we can now really start to dream about what the park might look like.”