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  • More views wanted on proposed project to regenerate town’s Tawd Valley Park

    Henry James

    AS part of a wide-ranging consultation exercise taking place this summer, focusing on a major project to regenerate the Tawd Valley Park in Skelmersdale, people are being invited to give their views via a questionnaire.

    The consultation, which has been commissioned by West Lancashire Borough Council via its partners Groundwork and West Lancashire CVS, is a valued and integral part of the process designed to ensure that the project meets the needs of the community.

    Consultations have already taken place with local primary and secondary schools and West Lancashire College, together with a successful public visioning event which was held on June 21.

    As a follow-up to these events and to capture the ideas from as many people as possible, a detailed questionnaire is being launched this week to enable residents to make their views known on some of the ideas that have been put forward.

    Information gathered from the events and the forthcoming questionnaire will form part of a Masterplan to be compiled later in the year.

    Staff from Groundwork and the CVS will also be attending a number of events throughout the summer, including the Green Fayre at Beacon Country Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, and the Community Safety Partnership information day on Thursday, August 3 at the Concourse shopping centre, where copies of the questionnaire and information about the park will be available.

    It is also hoped that a ‘Friends of the Tawd Valley’ group will be set up shortly as a result of the consultation and to date 20 people have already put their names forward as volunteers.

    Steve Hodges, Groundwork project manager responsible for developing the Masterplan for the Tawd Valley, said: “The visioning event was a great success with more than 50 local people contributing their ideas to create a Vision for Tawd Valley Park.

    “A number of key themes have emerged from the discussion, including promoting the ecology and bio-diversity of the valley, improving safety, combatting anti-social behaviour and celebrating local heritage, as well as family and school activities and the future resourcing, maintenance and management of the park.”

    Councillor Yvonne Gagen, West Lancs Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said “The Tawd Valley Park is a fantastic asset for the people of Skelmersdale and provides an urban oasis in the centre of town.

    “This regeneration scheme is really exciting, so give your views in the consultation as it will help the partners in their aim to deliver a project that people really want.”

    An online questionnaire can be found on the CVS website (www.wlcvs.org/tawd) or a paper copy can be obtained by contacting West Lancashire CVS on 01695 733737.

    More information and updates on how the consultation is progressing can also be seen on the CVS website.

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