Park ‘will keep young in the area’

Coun Cliff Hughes an area to become Central Park
Coun Cliff Hughes an area to become Central Park
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A major new park for South Ribble could help stop a ‘brain drain’ from the area, according to a local councillor.

Bamber Bridge West Councillor Thomas Hanson welcomed the announcement that a 150 acre area “green spine” between the A6 at Bamber Bridge and Middleforth, Penwortham, would be developed as Central Park.

The park will take in land either side of the Old Tram Road, currently used as a footpath.

Coun Hanson said: “I welcome any investment into this area.

“At the moment we’ve got kids going to school in Bamber Bridge, going to UCLan, and then they go and get jobs elsewhere in places like Manchester.

“We want them to stay in Bamber Bridge, shop in Bamber Bridge, and we have to find ways of encouraging them to do that.

“We do have good facilities in this area already and having a park like this can only enhance that.”

He added: “It’s also good because you can get there straight off the motorway and it’s close to the railway station.”

Lostock Hall Councillor Cameron Crook said: “This has been on the cards for some time and I’m glad to see it finally coming to the planning stages. It will be lovely for the local area, especially as a lot more land will become accessible for walks.”

Councillor Cliff Hughes announced the plans on Tuesday to mark South Ribble Council’s 40th anniversary, and said the park will protect the area’s rural nature.