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Torpoint residents have their say on Thanckes Park

By CGGayle  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

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Torpoint residents are being invited to have their say on the future of one of the town's most popular parks.

More than 400 households neighbouring Thanckes Park will receive a questionnaire asking for their views on how the green space should be improved.

Cornwall Council said the outcome of the survey will help to formulate a masterplan for the park, which aims to make improvements to retain the public space's heritage value and charm.

Melissa Ralph, landscape architect from Cornwall Council, said: "Thanckes Park is a hidden gem and we hope it can be enjoyed by more people in the future. The masterplan is at an early stage now and will be updated once we have consultation feedback. All ideas and local knowledge are welcomed."

Volunteers, in particular the Friends of Thanckes Park, have played a key role in supporting work to renovate, develop and maintain the park, which will celebrate its 300th birthday next year.

Peter McLaren, from the Friends of Thanckes Park, said; "This project is very important for the local population, as a recreation area and the opportunity for a healthy, active life style and this beautiful park will provide just that, a green lung for all."

A working group has been formed between stakeholders to help shape the masterplan and ensure that the needs and wishes of the community are considered. The consultation process is a key stage in the development process and will identify the needs and wishes of its users.

Funding for the park's improvements has not been secured, but the consultation exercise and masterplan will help provide the backbone to future funding bids.

Councillor Brian Hobbs, Cornwall Council Local Member for Torpoint East, said: "I would like all members of the public to look at the venue for recreational activities - it is an excellent spot for a picnic and when the woodland walk and paths are in position will make a great venue for an afternoon safe stroll with the children. Please come and enjoy this wonderful park."

Councillor Mike Pearn, Cornwall Council Local Member for Torpoint West, said: "I am delighted that interest is being taken in this beautiful park so that it can be protected for generations to come. I hope the residents of Torpoint and the Rame area have as much enjoyment there as I used to when I was young."

The survey is being sent to households neighbouring the park but can also be completed online by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/thanckes.

Responses must be submitted by Friday March 15.

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