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Work begins on Burntwood Park improvements

Contractors Craig Taylor and Neil Tingay with Councillor Richards at Burntwood Park

Contractors Craig Taylor and Neil Tingay with Councillor Richards at Burntwood Park

Builders have begun work on the £36,250 worth of improvements to Burntwood Park.

Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, commissioned a series of improvements after residents appealed to local agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour at the park.

The contractors, NT Killingley, will be putting up over 60 metres of fencing and installing new gates at the Elder Lane and Emmanuel Road entrances. They will also be redeveloping the entrances to make them accessible to all. More litter bins and dog waste bins will also be installed.

These works will then be followed by a programme of landscaping and planting that will take place later in the year.

Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“It is wonderful news that building work is getting underway to improve security of Burntwood Park. We sincerely hope that these improvements will reduce instances of anti-social behaviour, so living near a lovely park will become a joy once more. It is a shame that the bad behaviour of a small number of people has made these works necessary. However, I would like to thank the community for coming together and giving their views, which are at the heart of these plans.”

The project has been made possible thanks to £26,000 funding from Lichfield District Council’s Section 106 Agreements, and £10,000 funding from Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership. The project also received an extra boost of £250 from Lichfield District Council’s Environment Fund.

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