Worden Park set for more spaces

Site: Worden Park's car parking facilities will be extended
Site: Worden Park's car parking facilities will be extended
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More than 100 extra cars will be catered for at Worden Park if a much-needed car park expansion is created this year.

Plans have been drawn up to implement grass reinforcement surfacing that will allow up to 150 additional parking spaces to be used all year round, on top of the existing 100-space car park.

The current overflow area on the fields next to the main parking area off Worden Lane cannot be used during wet weather, and people have been calling out for better parking provisions.

South Ribble Council has now announced plans to carry out the improvements this year, using part of a £330,000 cash pot set aside for park improvements throughout 2014/15.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “We’ve always had the overflow car park but we have to rely on good weather for it to be used.

“When you’ve got things like the Leyland Festival, and just generally when more people are wanting to use the park all at once, those are the occasions when we need more space.

“The council has agreed that this needs doing on quite an urgent basis.

“I do think this will help people to enjoy visiting the park more.”

The issue was raised at a council meeting in January, when councillors expressed concerns that too many park visitors were leaving their cars on Parkgate Drive and the Worden estate.

Coun Phil Hamman, who represents the Leyland St Mary’s ward, said of the news: “Worden Park is so popular, families from all over Lancashire come here, so we’ve created a bit of a problem for ourselves with the parking.

“A lot of people park sensibly on the streets when they can’t use the car park, but some park down ‘access only’ areas, on corners and even across residents’ driveways, which is totally unfair.

“We will discuss this at this week’s council meetin and if it gets approved, we will apply for planning permission and hope to carry out the work in time for the autumn, when we often have parking problems.”

Other improvement works planned include path resurfacing and drainage work.

Allocating money for the works is set to be considered at the council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

A report to go before the committee reads: “The driveway from Worden Hall to the Walled Garden is in a very poor condition and is being used more since the Walled Garden was improved and opened up to the public.

“This scheme will resurface the tarmac driveway from Worden Hall to the Walled Garden.”

Drainage works to improve the issues in Brickfield Wood are also proposed.

The Guardian reported last summer that a woman became stuck in the mud there when she was out walking.

Coun Mullineaux said: “It is quite boggy and there are signs up to encourage people to stay on the paths.

“But if people do go off the beaten track, we don’t want them getting stranded, which is why this drainage work is

also planned.”

Money is also set to be ploughed into improvements at Hurst Grange Park, Longton Brickcroft, Withy Grove Park and Gregson Green.

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