Blundellands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett backs plans

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is backing plans to re-vamp Alexandra Park which includes improvements to the park's war memorial.

 

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett has backed plans to re-vamp a popular Crosby park.

Plans to improve Alexandra Park have been drawn up using a pot of Section 106 money - money paid by developers for community projects.

The money must be used on local greenspace projects and tree planting.

Cllr Bennett is keen to use funds from the pot to improve Alexandra Park. Nearly £75,000 is being made available for the improvements.

Cllr Bennett said: "I agreed to a re-vamp of Alexandra Park which will cost nearly £75,000. 

"The park used to be of great horticultural interest, with a number of unusual tree species and carefully tended flower displays. There is no longer the money to maintain a park like that so we need to invest in making it a really enjoyable, low-maintenance park that retains the peaceful atmosphere it has always had. 

"Alexandra Park complements Coronation Park just over the road really well. Coronation Park has plenty by way of outdoor activities and a play area. Alexandra Park has always been a very beautiful park in which to go for a walk or have a picnic. This is a major project and I am really delighted to be a part of it."

The Labour Councillor wants residents to submit their ideas for improvements before the plans go before Sefton's Planning Committee next month.

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is backing plans to re-vamp Alexandra Park which includes improvements to the park's war memorial.Cllr Bennett said: "I've already been contacted by residents who want something done about the park. I want to work closely with local residents and especially with the Friends of Alexandra Park, who have already had informal talks with council officers. 

"Because the park can no longer be maintained in the way it used to be, with gardeners and yearly bulb planting, it has been looking a little 'tired' for a few years. 

"Residents who have spoken to me have said what they'd like in the park and there are some really exciting ideas which I chatted to council officers about, such as an open-air bandstand in the centre of the park. Some of the trees are dying and there are unruly bushes that need clearing. 

"I was really impressed with the officers' draft plans. Especially the inclusion of the War Memorial in improvement plans. It's really fitting that we use some of this money to bring the War Memorial and memorial gardens up to a higher standard, to improve access and to make the place a fitting tribute to those to whom it is dedicated.

"The money for this has come from Section 106 money. This is money given to the council by developers when they get a planning application approved, and the money has to be spent on local greenspace and tree-planting. Section 106 money has been building up for a while and I'm really keen to get started on projects exactly like this. 

"Plans will go before the Planning Committee in mid-June. I need to hear from residents before then, to make sure that this welcome investment in our community reflects the wishes of the residents."

To submit your views to Cllr Bennett, email Veronica.Bennett@councillors.sefton.gov.uk

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is backing plans to re-vamp Alexandra Park which includes improvements to the park's war memorial.

 

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