Have your say on Central Parks masterplan

Central Parks, South Ribble
Central Parks, South Ribble

People are being asked for their views on a new masterplan for the development of Central Parks.

As previously reported in the Guardian, South Ribble Council has put together designs for the ambitious 15-year scheme, incorporating community feedback from previous idea-gathering exercises into the vision.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we want to make sure we get as many different ideas as possible in order to make Central Parks the crowning glory of our borough and a shining example to the whole of the North West”

Coun Cliff Hughes

Now, another consultation has been launched for the community to see artist impressions and more detail about what is proposed.

When the consultation has closed, all the comments will be considered and worked into a final masterplan, which will be used to guide the separate planning applications for each part of Central Parks in the future, so that all sections of the development complement each other.

It has been proposed that six zones are created – starting with the arrival zone forming a grand entrance to the park.

This will lead onto the supervised activity zone, an environmental zone, biodiversity zone, active zone and sports zone.

A natural amphitheatre, adventure play areas and community allotments are all on the cards, as well as a ‘garden bridge’ over a busy road to connect different parts of the park and outdoor activities such as high ropes and tree houses.

Cycle and walking routes also feature heavily, as do the provision of outdoor education, the protection of wildlife and the celebration of the area’s heritage.

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, said: “The people of South Ribble have been handed a golden opportunity to let us know what they think about the proposals we have come up with so far about how Central Parks could look and feel.

“I urge people to take time out of their busy day to have a look at the masterplan and have a think about what they would like to see in this wonderful new park.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we want to make sure we get as many different ideas as possible in order to make Central Parks the crowning glory of our borough and a shining example to the whole of the North West.

”So get your thinking caps on – ask your children, speak to your friends, let your imagination run away with you.”

Residents are invited to have their say on the masterplan during a seven-week consultation, which runs until Friday, May 15.

People can view the plans and fill in feedback forms at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm); online at www.southribble.gov.uk/centralparks; by emailing centralparks@southribble.gov.uk or by calling 01772 625451.