Car park expansion set for Worden Park

Worden Park's existing car park
Worden Park's existing car park

More than 100 extra cars will be catered for at Worden Park when a much-needed car park expansion is created later 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 car park 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, and it will hopefully be ready in the next few months.

“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.

Other improvement works planned for Worden Park this financial year include path resurfacing and drainage work.

Allocating money for the works is set to be discussed at the council’s cabinet meeting this week.

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 making improvements at Hurst Grange Park, Longton Brickcroft, Withy Grove Park and Gregson Green.