New park plans unveiled for South Ribble

St Catherine's Park
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Plans for a new public park in Lostock Hall have been officially launched.

The proposal is to combine land of St Catherine’s Hospice with an area owned by South Ribble Council known locally as Dandy Brook Park, to the east and west of Todd Lane South.

The area would be known as St Catherine’s Park and would be open to both hospice users and members of the public.

The two pieces of land are separated by St Catherine’s three metre brick wall, and it proposed to link them by forging a 3.2m ornamental metal gateway and creating a kilometre of interconnecting pathways.

There are also plans for information stations, carved wooden animals, a new footbridge over the River Lostock suitable for wheelchairs and prams, a natural play area and a car and bicycle parking.

It will also link up to a First World War memorial and peace garden to be developed on land off off Watkin Lane.

Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are excited to reach another milestone in the development of St Catherine’s Park with the submission of these planning proposals.

“Our message with the opening of The Mill café and community hub last year and the continuing development of our grounds is quite simply, ‘welcome’.

“We want to invite our community in to enjoy our wonderful grounds, to break down the barriers and anxiety that can exist around hospices, and to offer a place of reflection for those returning to St Catherine’s to remember a loved one.

“For younger generations, the new joint project with South Ribble Borough Council will draw in schoolchildren to learn lessons from the losses of WWI through a new centenary memorial and one of those lessons is to help understanding around the loss of a friend or relative in a setting like St Catherine’s.”