RESIDENTS fighting for changes to a recreational ground close to their homes have been advised to set up a friends of the park group.
Philip Schofield, area manager for safer, cleaner, greener team in the Lower Valley has urged people who use the Lane Head recreation ground in Brighouse to form an action group so they can apply for grants to upgrade the area.
Residents have been campaigning for various issues to be addressed at the park in Halifax Road which sparked a joint meeting between residents, Mr Schofield and Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse).
Residents expressed their concerns about overgrown hedges, drain problems which can often lead to flooding and extra bollards to stop motorists from driving on the land.
“Would you be interested in forming a friends group so we can attract more funding which the council can’t apply for? The friends group which is purely for this park will be driven by you and overseen by us. All the help and advice you need we will provide,” said Mr Schofield.
“If that is something you would like to consider I can draw the constitution up and find out just how many members you need.
“The work will continue to be done by us but you can get several thousands of pounds through grants to upgrade this park.”
Councillor Benton also favoured the idea. “We can move forward with the friends group and that is why it is important that we try and do that to get some of these issues sorted.”
Residents recently managed to increase the number of bins in the park with the help of Coun Benton.
* Is a friends group a good idea - or should the council do more?
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