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Work to transform Thornton park with much-needed improvements beginning this spring

Runnells Lane Park in Thornton is going to be being transformed with much needed improvements to its play and recreation facilities, as well as its paths and landscaping.

Contractors will be carrying out work to enhance the park for two and four-legged users on behalf of Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service.

Play area

A new children’s play area will be created, the existing multi-use games area will be refurbished, and new paths will be created around the edge of the site. New bins and benches will be installed, and trees are to be planted around the boundary of the park to improve the local environment and wildlife.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “This is the only public park in Thornton, and it provides an important community space. It’s fantastic to see improvements that will benefit people of all ages in the area in the pipeline.”

Funding has been secured by Manor Ward funding, the Council’s Green Sefton service in partnership with the Neighbourhoods Team though the Veolia Environmental Trust, who support community projects across the whole of England. A contribution of Section 106 Planning monies has also been allocated to the park improvements.

Views

A drop-in session at the park was held last year to provide residents and park users with the opportunity to see the improvement plans and share their views with the Council.

A final design that takes the views of the local community on board, has been agreed and after an extensive procurement process, Horticon is the successful company that has been chosen to deliver the project.

Sefton Council is seeking members of the community to help establish a Friends of Runnells Lane Park group who would undertake volunteer duties and support events and activities. Those interested can contact Green Sefton by email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk.

The work is scheduled to be completed and open to the public by the end of summer.

Find out more about Sefton’s parks and greenspaces.