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Park to get new lease of life after parish takes control

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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A COMMUNITY park is to be given a new lease of life after Cornwall Council stripped it of its home-made play equipment on health and safety grounds.

After three years of consultation, Lanner Parish Council has gained ownership of Strawberry Fields Park in Lanner village.

The park, which was formerly owned by Cornwall Council, has been left to fall into disrepair after the authority removed BMX and skateboard ramps, which had been designed by local children, on the grounds of health and safety.

It is now hoped that the park, which is located in the centre of three housing association developments, will be completely revamped by the end of 2016.

Ashley Wood, chairman of Lanner Parish Council, said: "We are delighted to have finally received confirmation and it means that the whole regeneration project can move along.

"We want there to be a real community feel about the park and we will be providing facilities for young people, families and adults.

"We took on the project after young people in the village approached us regarding the removal of the BMX and skateboard ramps and it was decided that we, as a parish council, would be better placed to apply for funding which Cornwall Council would not qualify for."

An adventure circuit, exercise equipment, family barbecue area, quiet garden and BMX and skateboard ramp are all planned to accompany the existing ball-play area.

It is estimates that works will cost in excess of £40,000, with much of this coming from funding and grants.

Mr Wood said that the improvements would happen gradually as soon as funds allowed, rather than at one point when enough money had been raised.

"Work will start on a small scale in the next three months; we can do things like putting in the barbecue area and make a start on the quiet garden, and then work up to the larger projects as and when," he said.

The first draft of specifications and plans for Strawberry Fields Park are expected to be available to the public from next week.

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