Plans for town park in Holbeach taking shape

Holbeach Parish Council members Paul Foyster and chairman Isobel Hutchinson at Carters Park, Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach Parish Council members Paul Foyster and chairman Isobel Hutchinson at Carters Park, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Plans are moving into place for an exciting transformation at a Holbeach park designed to please and attract all sections of the community.

An exercise area with gym equipment, snowdrop and bluebell plants, artwork and new fencing are just some of the ingredients to a new look planned for Carter’s Park by Holbeach Parish Council.

We want to encourage all members of our community to help out by donating cash or materials

Coun Paul Foyster, Holbeach Parish Council

Talks about improving the park started in February 2015 when Des Ford, a committee member for the Tigers Bar and Social Club, Holbeach, claimed that “a window of opportunity” was available to work on the park and bring benefits to the town.

In a letter to Holbeach Parish Council last February, Mr Ford said: “As a resident of Holbeach and an avid supporter of all sports and community projects, I have looked into the state of the current facilities that are available to the people of the town.

“What we have in the middle of our wonderful town is a beautifully established park that needs updating and all its facilities bringing into use.

“There may well now be a window of opportunity to gain a community infrastructure levy that will benefit the town in the form of new park-based community facilities.”

The parish council has now set about improving Carter’s Park with new fencing in Park Road and improved footpaths, with plans to create the exercise area in the summer.

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of the parish council’s committee for Carter’s Park, said: “We had a walk round the park two or three months ago to see what could be improved.

“A number of things came out of the visit and there was a quite a long list of things to do.

“But the main ones were an exercise area, suitable for use by most age groups, where gym equipment could be installed like the ones at Glen Park in Surfleet.

“Another idea is to put a piece of artwork on the appalling green fence around the football club which is currently an eyesore.

“We could have four or five proposals which would be judged, with the best idea being put up on the fence.”

There are also plans for spring bulb planting, with hopes that it could be funded by community and done by volunteers from the Holbeach area.

Coun Foyster said: “We want to encourage all members of our community to help out by donating cash or materials, helping with planting when the time comes or suggesting art groups who would like to volunteer and participate in improving the fence.”

Anyone interested should write to the Clerk, Holbeach Parish Council, Coubro Chambers, 11 West End, Holbeach, Lincolnshire. PE12 7LW or email www.holbeachpc@btconnect.com

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