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Work is due to start on Moulton Park

Survey work is due to be starting shortly ahead of a planning application being submitted for Moulton Park.

South Holland District Council is hoping to create a play area, green burial ground, nature trail and some housing on the well-known site in the village.

Moulton Parish Councillors were informed during their last meeting on Tuesday that a planning application is hoped to be submitted in the coming months.

Moulton Park (31163944)
Moulton Park (31163944)

Coun Anthony Casson, who is the district’s portfolio holder for public protection, gave parish councillors an update on the plans.

Speaking at the meeting Coun Casson said: “Between now and the end of January things will be happening in the park. A survey will be done next week and this needs to be done before the planning application.

“At the end of this week they will be doing the ecological survey following on from that the topographical survey that has got to be done.

“Also there is going to be a small amount of tree work around the park in the next two to three weeks.”

Coun Casson also told members that villagers will be able to have their say on the plans for the park but he said the council is facing problems in how to conduct a public consultation during the pandemic and the lockdown.

He said: “Normally with a consultation you would have a village hall or community centre with the plans out so people can come and view them.

“It can’t be done in that way at the moment but one way or another we will hold the consultation. We have taken advice in how we can do it so people can see the plans and make comments.

“We have taken advice and we will work on it. An awful lot of work has got to be done before the application can go in. We are still planning to have the application in before the end of March.”

Members are also due to receive further updates in the coming months.

Coun Ian Benton said: “Judging by the previous response, there will be a lot of interest in this.”

Moulton Park was purchased by the district council in 2016 for the benefit of the area.

Last year, the district council told us that its plans for the site included a 600 plot natural burial ground, an off-lead dog walking area and a parkland trail. The natural burial ground is earmarked for the highest part of the parkland, which is close to Bell Lane and High Road on the north west corner.

Under the plans, coffins, made of wicker or cardboard, will be buried at the site and the graves will be marked by trees or shrubs instead of flagstones.

Officers are expecting that between 15 and 40 burials will take place a year and that this site will take some of the pressure off Spalding Cemetery, which is expected to be nearing its capacity in 2025.

The parish council will be offered the 0.6acre play area at a peppercorn rent.

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