Pay and display carparks will help pay for £500k park improvements

PLANS: Coun Warren Bennett at Withy Grove Park, which would benefit from extra cash
PLANS: Coun Warren Bennett at Withy Grove Park, which would benefit from extra cash
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Details of charges South Ribble Council wants to bring in at carparks have been announced.

The move would mean motorists visiting Worden Park in Leyland and Withy Grove Park in Bamber Bridge are charged £1 to park all day.

We know that our residents love our fantastic parks and open spaces – they are one of the things the borough is celebrated for and the council is determined to keep investing so standards are kept high

Coun Warren Bennett

Council bosses say the scheme would help pay for park improvements worth £500,000, including:

• Building two new toilet blocks at Worden Park, costing £130,000.

• An extension to Worden’s overflow carpark, creating an extra 128 parking spaces, costing £130,000.

• A £250,000 investment to bring Withy Grove Park up to the standard required to receive a Green Flag Award

If agreed by councillors at a full council meeting on March 2, the scheme would come into force on June 1 and would bring in around £80,000 per year.

Pay and display machines would be installed, and there would also be a cashless smart phone option.

Residents would be able to buy a cut-cost annual permit nad charging would be from 10am to 4pm, meaning early morning and evening dog walkers would not be affected.

Coun Warren Bennett said: “We know that our residents love our fantastic parks and open spaces – they are one of the things the borough is celebrated for and the council is determined to keep investing so standards are kept high.”

He added: “Unfortunately all of these exciting plans come at a price. Everybody knows that times are hard and councils up and down the country are tightening their belts and looking to save money. At South Ribble we are faring better than most, but we still need to make sure we can balance the budget whilst offering continuous improvement.”