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  • Residents invited to play ‘key role’ in Tawd Valley Park improvement project

    Henry James

    WEST Lancs Council is inviting local residents to get involved in a community group that is playing a “key role” in a major project to improve Tawd Valley Park.

    The council has said there has been much interest from the community in establishing a Friends Of Tawd Valley Park Group.

    The group will work with the authority and its partners - the River Douglas Catchment Partnership, the Environment Agency, Groundwork CLM, West Lancashire CVS, West Lancashire College, SHARES, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, Lathom High School and Lancashire County Council - on a scheme which aims to make the park an even better place for visitors to enjoy.

    Proposals in the draft Tawd Valley Masterplan include new cycle paths; new wetland habitat areas; improvements to the amphitheatre to create an informal event space; creation of a heritage trail; new picnic spaces close to the town centre; and access and improvement work to footpaths and landscapes.

    There is also potential for a new visitor centre, new play area and a BMX track, as well as a fishing lake.

    A number of local people have already joined the group. But anyone interested in becoming a member who hasn’t been able to attend any previous meetings is welcome to come to an important meeting to be held next Thursday, May 24 starting at 7pm in the Ecumenical Centre, Northway, Skelmersdale.

    The purpose of the meeting is to formulate a Friends of Tawd Valley Park committee and to adopt the constitution which at present is in draft format. But individuals can also express an interest in joining the group.

    Exciting

    Councillor Yvonne Gagen, West Lancs Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “People living and working in the local area are more than welcome to come along to this meeting to find out more about the Friends Group to see if they would be interested in joining and getting involved in this exciting project.”

    For more information on the project visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/tvpp.

    To find out more about the Friends group call Paula Campbell on 01695 585144 or email paula.campbell@westlancs.gov.uk.


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