Have your say on coun­cil plan to trans­form pop­u­lar park­land

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

PEO­PLE can have their say on the lat­est stage of an ex­cit­ing project to make Skelmers­dale’s Tawd Val­ley Park an even bet­ter place to visit.

Lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties have al­ready had one op­por­tu­nity to have their say through an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion held in the sum­mer of 2017, and their views have helped shape the cur­rent ver­sion of the master­plan.

Now the coun­cil and its part­ners in the scheme, Ground­work, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, the River Dou­glas Catch­ment Part­ner­ship, and West Lancs CVS, are invit­ing the com­mu­nity to give fur­ther com­ments on the up­dated doc­u­ment.

Peo­ple have un­til Jan­uary 12, 2018 to give their views.

The am­bi­tious master­plan in­cludes:

New cy­cle paths and wet­land habi­tat ar­eas.

Im­prove­ments to the am­phithe­atre to cre­ate an in­for­mal event space.

Cre­ation of a her­itage trail.

New pic­nic spa­ces close to the town cen­tre.

Ac­cess and im­prove­ment work to foot­paths and land­scapes.

There is also po­ten­tial for a new vis­i­tor cen­tre, new play area and a BMX track as well as a fish­ing lake.

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, port­fo­lio holder for leisure, said: “This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time for Tawd Val­ley Park, which is a fan­tas­tic as­set for the peo­ple of Skelmers­dale.

“We are very grateful to every­one who has con­tributed to the master­plan so far, and we are keen to hear peo­ple’s views on the lat­est ver­sion.

“So please re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion.”

The out­line master­plan, iden­ti­fy­ing both main­te­nance and re­fur­bish­ment tasks as well as am­bi­tious new ideas for the Tawd Val­ley Park, was ap­proved by coun­cil cab­i­net in No­vem­ber.

The project will take a num­ber of years to im­ple­ment, but funds have al­ready been se­cured to in­vest in Tawd Val­ley and the coun­cil and its part­ners hope to be­gin work from April next year.

The bor­ough coun­cil is look­ing to es­tab­lish and sup­port a Friends of Tawd Val­ley Park and other reg­u­lar vol­un­teer­ing groups to sup­port the coun­cil’s rangers with plan­ning the parks de­vel­op­ment, run­ning events and ac­tiv­i­ties and con­ser­va­tion works on site.

It is in­tended to hold a pre­sen­ta­tion to show­case the master­plan in the New Year, to in­clude the re­sults of the lat­est wide-rang­ing con­sul­ta­tion.

Peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity can find out more and sign up to be­come a vol­un­teer or help form the Friends of Tawd Val­ley Park group.

Fur­ther de­tails will be pub­lished soon.

To see the up­dated ver­sion of the Tawd Val­ley master­plan and give com­ments please visit the West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil web­site www. west­lancs.gov.uk/ yourviews, from Tues­day, De­cem­ber 5, and click on ‘con­sul­ta­tions un­der­way’.

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