District council's improvement plans for Brough Park take shape

EXCITING plans to invest in and improve facilities at Leek's Brough Park are taking shape - and the district authority is starting to share its proposals with groups and individuals who value this green space at the heart of the town.

In February, the cabinet at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council agreed proposals to develop new play and sports facilities, carry out works to the lake and create access from the park into John Hall Gardens.

The council is currently asking companies interested in the play and sports facilities work to tender and expects to be able to share details of what's being planned in the coming weeks.

Councillor Mark Deaville, Deputy Council Leader and cabinet member for Leisure and Sports, said: "The council is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces throughout the Moorlands and the ambitious plans we've agreed for Brough Park will deliver just that in Leek.

"We've earmarked significant investment to provide new, improved play equipment and sports facilities, to resurface some of the footpath network, to carry out works to the lake and to create a new access to the John Hall Gardens.

"We know how important this park is to so many people and we want everyone who is interested in its future to be really be involved in how it develops. We'll be sharing more details in the coming weeks about exactly what's planned when we'll be asking people for their views."

Alongside this, work is already underway in partnership with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to assess natural green spaces across the Moorlands and identify opportunities for projects to improve and expand these areas.

The council's cabinet member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, Coun Joe Porter, joined Leek councillors, officers and representatives from groups and organisations including Leek Town Council, in Brough Park last week to update them on potential new planting projects.

Coun Porter said: "I was pleased so many people were able to join us for this walk around the park and the chance to discuss our exciting plans for investing in the facilities and for new planting projects aimed at increasing biodiversity. It was a really positive, productive discussion.

"This is the ideal time to seize the opportunity so that these projects work with and complement the council's wider plans for investing in the park."


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