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Major new park to be created over 15 years

Councillor Cliff Hughes at the entrance to the Old Tram Road, off Todd Lane North, in Lostock Hall, which is set to become the new Central Park

Councillor Cliff Hughes at the entrance to the Old Tram Road, off Todd Lane North, in Lostock Hall, which is set to become the new Central Park

 

Exciting plans have been announced to create a major new park in South Ribble over the next 15 years - set to give Leyland’s flagship Worden Park a run for its money.

Known as Central Park, it will be similar in size to the jewel in the borough’s crown, Worden Park, creating a ‘green spine’ for South Ribble, taking in parts of Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall in the south, and stretching north towards the River Ribble.

It has been designed to celebrate South Ribble Council’s 40th anniversary year, and work will be carried out in phases.

It is hoped that the whole of Central Park will be created within 15 years.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce our plans for this major new park in South Ribble.

“This would be a wonderful way to celebrate our 40th anniversary, creating a fantastic legacy for the people of South Ribble.

“It will protect a hugely significant area of green space right at the heart of South Ribble for generations to come, adding to the wonderful range of parks that are already on our doorsteps.

“You can effectively walk the length of Central Park on the Old Tram Road already, and there is lots of other infrastructure already in place.

“Much of the current footprint of the park consists of separate pieces of public land, and we’re proposing to pull all of them together so we can protect and enhance them in a co-ordinated way.

“We will be giving our communities the chance to play their part in shaping how this new amenity comes to fruition.

“In the meantime I commend these plans to my fellow cabinet members, and look forward to hearing their views on this exciting announcement.”

Senior councillors will be asked to approve the commissioning of a masterplan for the park at the council’s next cabinet meeting, which will take place at 5pm on Wednesday, April 2, at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

 

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