Spotlight falls on public park improvement

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PUBLIC parks in Northumberland will take the spotlight in a new improvement survey.

Several parks can be found across the county, including Morpeth’s award-winning Carlisle Park and the stunning Ponteland Park, which both boast a mix of flora and fauna, as well as other amenities.

Now Northumberland County Council wants to find out what residents, businesses and visitors really think about the facilities in order to enhance their role as a focus for the community.

Council Executive Member for Highways and Neighbourhood Services Alan Thompson said: “In Northumberland we are committed to valuing and improving our parks and would like you to tell us what you think of them. This will help us manage and maintain local parks better for the people who use them.

“I would urge anyone to please take the time to share with us their views and experience by filling in the questionnaire as their feedback is extremely valuable.”

Some parks, such as Ponteland, are supported by ‘friends’ groups in the community, while others, like Carlisle Park, have more informal volunteer arrangements.

And the council is clear that public involvement is key to developing them.

This will be the first survey of its kind in the county and will be led by local green spaces officers.

It is available to complete online until the end of March and can be found on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk under New Consultation on the homepage.