Council pledges £300k to give five parks a facelift

Photo Neil Cross'St.Catherine's Hospice Bark in the Park at Worden Park,Leyland
Photo Neil Cross'St.Catherine's Hospice Bark in the Park at Worden Park,Leyland
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Award-winning parks and open spaces across South Ribble are set for a major cash boost.

The district council is planning a mass face-lift across sites from Longton to Leyland and has earmaked an extra £300,000 for the work.

Photo Ian Robinson'Worden Park in Leyland

Photo Ian Robinson'Worden Park in Leyland

Money allocated for work at Hurst Grange Park, 
Longton Brickcroft, Worden Park, Withy Grove Park and Gregson Green, is set to be discussed at South Ribble 
Council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

It comes after the council announced plans for the first new park in the borough in a generation - Central Park.

Cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and streetscene Coun Peter Mullineaux said: “We are committed to looking after our borough’s parks and open spaces, and we know that we need to continue to invest in these local assets.

“It’s one of our top priorities to improve these sites and to maintain them for use by local residents, whilst attracting visitors from far and wide to come and see our wonderful green spaces. I am keen to start work on the improvements as soon as possible.”

Last year the council said it would be putting an extra £400,000 (£100,000 a year for the next four years) into improving paths and amenities in parks and open spaces.

As part of the 2014/15 budget approved earlier this month, an additional £200,000 was set aside with the pledge that by 2017 an additional £600,000 will have been invested in the area’s award-winning parks.

Plans are already in hand to improve paths and amenities and the latest project follows the council’s announcement to create a major new park in South Ribble as part of the council’s 40th anniversary celebrations.