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Still time to have your say on park design


    There is still time for people to have a say on designs for new play facilities for a popular park in Stone.

    The consultation on proposed plans for the town’s Westbridge Park closes on Monday 20 August.

    You can see the designs at
    Workshops and drop in sessions are also being held during the consultation which began in the middle of July.

    Toddler and junior play areas, picnic benches, wheeled sports facility and multi use games area (MUGA) are all earmarked as part of the scheme. Areas around the site have been highlighted to ensure key events can continue on the park.

    Earlier this year around 1500 residents, children, and members of local groups gave their views about what they wanted to see on the park and that feedback helped Stafford Borough Council draw up the latest concept designs.

    The majority of people taking part in the previous consultation in February and March said improved play provision was important at the park – with toddler and junior play, as well as a MUGA, the top priorities. And people reported the lack of suitable facilities as a reason why they didn’t visit the park more often. 

    Westbridge Park is already seeing a huge investment with work ongoing on a new multi-million pound leisure centre with 25-metre, six lane swimming pool, alongside gym and fitness studios to replace the outdated building currently on site.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure at the Borough Council, Mike Smith, said: “I’d urge anyone who is interested in the future of the park to have a say before the consultation ends. 

    “There is major investment in leisure facilities in Stone and we want to deliver something that local residents – especially our younger people – can enjoy and be proud of.

    “Our track record on developing parks has been excellent and we want Westbridge to be a place where people and families want to come and spend time in a safe and stimulating environment.”

    More information, including results from the previous consultation, can be found at

    Press Release No 5461

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