Lostock Hall park blueprint set for green light next week

REDEVELOPMENT: The land earmarked to become St Catherine's Park in Lostock Hall
REDEVELOPMENT: The land earmarked to become St Catherine's Park in Lostock Hall
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Plans for a new public park in Lostock Hall are set for the green light next week.

The proposal, to combine land of St Catherine’s Hospice with an area east and west of Todd Lane South owned by South Ribble Council known as Dandy Brook Park, will go before the council’s planning committee on Wednesday. It is recommended for approval by planning officers.

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

Speaking last month when plans were officially submitted, Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “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.”

The two pieces of land are currently separated by St Catherine’s three metre brick wall, and it proposed to link them by forging a 3.2m ornamental metal gateway and creating a kilometre of 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 for children up to 11, and a car and bicycle parking.

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

Forty three nearby properties have been consulted and no objections have been raised, though observations have been made.

They include concerns about “insufficient dog waste bins”and requests have been made for signs to be erected requesting dogs be tethered.