Residents, businesses and organisations can now comment on a new proposed design for the major transformation of Westbridge Park in Stone.
More than £1.5 million has been set aside for work which is due to go ahead next year after the cabinet at Stafford Borough Council approved spending on the project.
The plans are for improved facilities for youngsters, a multi-use games area, wheeled sports provision, outdoor gym equipment, as well as toilets, picnic and seating areas, enhanced pathways and landscaping. Key space for local events and existing football are also incorporated in the design.
A report discussed by the cabinet on Thursday (7 October) said the park was ‘the gateway’ to Stone Town Centre and sets out proposals for ‘an exciting destination park and major improvements in the leisure offer for the town and its surrounding communities.’
Now the new park masterplan has been revealed and people will be asked to share their views as part of a two-week consultation. The survey is available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/westbridgeparkconsultation - with future timings for the major development to follow and the scheme earmarked for completion in 2023.
Many organisations in the town will be emailed directly for feedback on the proposals and a meeting has been held with local councillors to get their input on the plans.
The cabinet approved the spending plans for Westbridge Park which is part of a £2.4 million fund for leisure in Stone.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, urged everyone in the area to have a look at the masterplan and share their thoughts before a final decision was made.
She said: “We want to ensure the £1.5m transformation of Westbridge Park continues our excellent track record of improving popular parks in the borough - such as the £400,000 refurbishment of Charnley Road and £435,000 revamp of Holmcroft Park in Stafford recently.
“This will be a first-class destination park which will attract families and children, residents and visitors, old and young, to enjoy the facilities and the surrounds of this park and I want to encourage everyone to have their say.”
The council hopes the huge transformation will also encourage more people using the neighbouring Trent and Mersey Canal for narrowboat holidays to stop and visit the town – with a boost to the local economy.
Councillor Trowbridge continued: “It is a key element of our overall leisure, tourism and visitor offer for Stone, with ready access to the canal and the town centre, providing accessible walking and cycling routes linking together the town’s key assets and supporting our objective to support and grow the visitor economy as well as supporting local businesses and providing a high-quality outdoor environment designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors alike.
“The park also provides an important space for events, including the annual Food and Drink Festival – and the design incorporates this important space and the existing football provision.”
Funding for the project has been boosted through money the borough council receives as part of developments in and around Stone.
That cabinet report is available from Cabinet | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
Press Release No: 5814