Park restoration to start this month

The next stage of the major restoration of the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge is expected to start this month following the appointment of the main contractor.

Plans for the park include restoring the war memorial, improving the entrances, installing a new bridge and play equipment and maintaining the woodland and wildlife habitat.

High Peak Borough Council has selected Horticon, of Wilmslow, to undertake the work which will reflect the park’s original features.

The company, which has over 30 years experience in landscaping, will be on site before the end of July and the project is expected to be finished in late spring next year.

But, park lovers can have a sneak preview of what’s planned at a community event at the Mechanics Institute between 4pm and 7pm next Thursday, where illustrations of the works will be on show and representatives from Horticon will be on hand.

Councillor Godrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, said: “The appointment of Horticon is another big step forward for this exciting project which will restore some of the original features of the park whilst enhancing some of the facilities local people really enjoy.

“I’m looking forward to the main work getting underway and would like to thank park users for their patience whilst we carry out these improvements.”

The park, which was created in 1920 to commemorate the loss of 108 men in the First World War, provides a link between residential properties and the town’s shops and schools.

Funding of £478,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund was awarded to the park for this work.

The Parks for People programme uses Lottery funds to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks.