Park visitors’ dismay over loss of traditional cobbles

Bad move: Karl Harrison in Worden Park where the cobbles used to be
Bad move: Karl Harrison in Worden Park where the cobbles used to be
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Visitors to an historic Leyland park have hit out at council bosses for ripping up its cobbles.

South Ribble Council has replaced the traditional looking cobbles near the arts centre in Worden Park with a more ‘useable’ flat surface.

Karl Harrison, who visits the park every day to walk his dogs, said: “People are going mad about this on the ‘Leyland Memories’ Facebook group.

“Some people say it will be better for wheelchairs and prams, but most are saying it was a bad move.

“Surely the council could have spent the money re-laying the cobbles if they were becoming a problem, and put some pathways on there as well.”

The council announced it would be resurfacing the courtyards around the arts centre last year, to create a more open space for community events. But visitors say they have only just discovered that meant the cobbles being removed, and although the council has reassured that the black bitumen surface will later be covered with gravel, Mr Harrison doesn’t think this will keep everyone happy.

Leyland resident Jo Duckworth added: “Whoever made this decision has taken away the traditional look of this area and made it look like a car park.”

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and streetscene, said: “I’d like to stress that our resurfacing works to the craft centre courtyard in Worden Park have not been finished.

“The setts that have been removed were not an original feature of the hall.

“They were laid by the council in the early 1980s as part of the restoration of the stable buildings and their change of use into a craft centre.

“Unfortunately the surfacing had started to fail and we decided to replace the setts with a more durable and useable surface that will be finished with a gravel-effect material.

“Once the weather has warmed up and the works can be completed, the area will look much more appealing and will no doubt prove an asset to the craft centre.”