Carter's Park

Teens to be asked about town parks as improvement ideas mooted

Holbeach Parish Council is to ask teenagers what facilities could be created for them in the town’s open spaces.

The authority is set to launch both online and physical surveys to gauge what could help young people, particularly with regards to its open spaces such as Carter’s Park.

It was proposed at last week’s parish council to engage with teenagers online and working with local schools as well as possibly having the survey in Tescos.

Coun Kelly Wilson, said: “We’d like to speak to teenagers specifically about what we can do for them in Carter’s Park and Netherfields. We want to gauge what they want and we’ve started to look at we could potentially fund raise for.

“We did do a consultation three or four years ago but that’s something we need to do again.”

Coun Isobel Hutchinson: added: “They need to be looked after as much as the younger people. We need to consult them as to what their interests are .

“It has to be something that’s realistic that we could fundraise for and afford in the budget over a period of time.”

The meeting heard a new skate park has been the most requested facility last time around and the parish council had looked to create one over the currently unused cricket pitch.

However the meeting the lease governing the area makes it clear that has to be used for recreational sport.

”We’re effectively only looking after Carter’s Park. Coun Wilson explained:

“There’s something in the deeds where it has to be kept for recreational sport like cricket and it’s why the football club couldn’t put up permanent fences.

“We’d love to hear from any local sports teams who could use the area.”

The meeting also heard that request for disabled play equipment had been made to the council, though Coun Wilson said that would prove expensive with a swing alone costing £20,000.

“We do need to get some inclusive equipment but we’ll have to do it when it’s practical and explore fund raising possibilities.”

  • Holbeach Parish Council is also looking to adopt the phone box in the town.

It’s been proposed by Coun Rachel Flood the authority adopts the High Street box for £1 from BT.

It’s not been decided what the authority will look to do with it as yet and a decision on whether to go-ahead won’t happen until May, Holbeach Parish Council, Jan Hersey said.
“They are a really lovely reminder of bygone days and this one is part of the heritage of Holbeach,” she continued.

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