Park plans take a step forward

The Chief Executive of St Catherine's Hospice, Stephen Greenhalgh
The Chief Executive of St Catherine's Hospice, Stephen Greenhalgh

Plans for a new public park near Leyland have now been officially launched.

Proposals are in the pipeline to create a huge new park in South Ribble, called Central Parks, which will connect to a number of green spaces in the area.

“We want to invite our community in to enjoy our wonderful grounds, to break down the barriers and anxiety that can exist around hospices”

Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice

The first part of the project is to combine land within the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall with nearby Dandy Brook Park, which will later be connected to the larger Central Parks.

The area will be known as St Catherine’s Park and will be open to both hospice users and members of the public.

The two pieces of land are separated by a brick wall, and it proposed to link them by forging an ornamental metal gateway and creating interconnecting pathways.

There are also plans for information stations, carved wooden animals, a new footbridge over the River Lostock suitable for wheelchairs and prams, a natural play area, and car and bicycle parking.

It will also link up to a First World War memorial and peace garden to be developed on land off Watkin Lane.

Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are excited to reach another milestone in the development of St Catherine’s Park with the submission of these planning proposals.

“Our message with the opening of The Mill café and community hub last year and the continuing development of our grounds is quite simply, ‘welcome’.

“We want to invite our community in to enjoy our wonderful grounds, to break down the barriers and anxiety that can exist around hospices, and to offer a place of reflection for those returning to St Catherine’s to remember a loved one.

“For younger generations, the new joint project with South Ribble Council will draw in schoolchildren to learn lessons from the losses of World War One through a new centenary memorial.”