HOLBEACH PARISH COUNCIL: Improvement projects to continue
The continual improvement of Carter’s Park is set to go on with funding nearly in place to install new play equipment.
Plans for new swings, a play panel and trim trail to be added to the park were confirmed during Monday’s meeting by the chairman of parks and cemeteries, Coun Kelly Wilson.
She also confirmed that the Friends of Holbeach Parks, a community group raising money to improve parks and playing fields in the town, were successful in its application for £2,000 from the Postcode Lottery to help fund improvements at Carter’s Park.
Coun Wilson said: “A lot of the play equipment needs either replacing or updating.”
Meanwhile, a decision about where to put a planned skate park is due next month.
Coun Wilson said: "Where the skate park is proposed to be built is too close to the road and if it's behind the football pitch, it could be very dangerous.
"The old cricket pitch is the place for either the skate park or the goals, but it's something we'll have to look at."
. Plans to make Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve more visitor-friendly have been backed.
A viewing platform at the Holbeach visitor attraction is to be expanded and a metal bench installed there, paid for with £1,000 worth of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help community scheme.
Coun Tony Lomax said: “The changes will be quite minimal so there’s no impact on wildlife and the money for them is there.
"I’ve spoken to local residents in the area and they are very supportive of having a larger platform which will be doubled in size.”
Having completed tree protection and site assessments, the plans were drawn up based on the grant from Tesco monies and then delivered on Monday.
Councillor Lomax said: "This is a real win for the people of Holbeach, seeing positive action in the town to help improve services for the longer term.
"I am passionate about protecting the ecology of the area and helping to educate generations to come by improving the access to it.
"There have been numerous comments from the range of people that use the site and all agree that these enhancements will only add to the town.
"It was important that the whole scheme was funded through grants so it won’t cost the local people a penny.
"Without vital grant funding, projects like this just couldn’t happen and I am grateful to all residents who supported it at Tesco."
. Initial details have been announced for the Remembrance Day parade in Holbeach on Sunday, November 11.
It starts at 2pm when Royal British Legion members, uniformed groups, parish councillors and guests will set off from Holbeach Community Centre in Fishpond Lane and wreaths will then be laid at the War Memorial outside All Saints Church in High Street.
Meanwhile, a contribution of £40 has been agreed by councillors to buy a poppy wreath for the commemorations in Holbeach to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.