A survey to find out how people use Brinton Park, in Kidderminster has been launched by Wyre Forest District Council. The authority would like to know how people would like the park to develop in the future and what events are of interest.
The consultation is part of the council’s work to involve the community in an ambitious project to reinstate some of the heritage features of the park. The ‘Restoring Brinton Park for future generations’ project, is also working to encourage more people to use the park and improve the facilities and activities on offer.
The survey can be completed online at http://bit.ly/BrintonParkVisSurvey2019 or paper copies can be picked up from and returned to Kidderminster Library and Wyre Forest Leisure Centre. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 15 February 2019.
The council received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund of £217,700 to plan the restoration project. It has also contributed £25,100 towards the project. Supporting partners based in the Park; 21st WF (Brinton Park) Scouts, Emily Jordan Foundation and Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company will be key to the success of the project as well as members of the local community.
The initial funding is to develop the plans and in February 2020 the council will submit a further application for a full grant to deliver the work.
Some of the ideas for the park include a new cafe, extending the Sons of Rest Pavilion, improvements to the horticultural centre and reinstatement of the lake, as well as improved car parking and signage.
As well as the survey, an open public user group meeting is being held on Thursday 7 February 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm at the Sons of Rest pavilion, in the park. Anyone can go along to hear more about the project.
Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said: “Please get involved with this project and help us develop our plans for Brinton Park. We need the community to have a voice and residents to tell us their views. It is really important for Heritage Lottery projects like this. Completing the survey and coming along to our user group meeting would be a great way to kick it off.”
Anyone who would like regular updates about the progress of the project can sign up to the council’s ‘Things to do, see and visit’ email newsletter by visiting www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/subscribe.