Bosses have vowed to tackle an “overgrown” flagship park ahead of a much-heralded reopening later this month.
The Whitaker in Rawtenstall has received a £ 1.9million National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment due to be unveiled on Saturday, July 24.
Visitors will be the first to visit the new café bar, event and community space and catering kitchen at the old Rossendale Museum.
Rossendale council has now vowed to address issues with the overall condition of surrounding Whitaker Park after being criticized by a LancsLive reader.
Resident David Acton said a lack of trash cans resulted in garbage in the park all the time, and also criticized the broken, lifted and blocked drainage channel blocks.
He added, “Cut grass like we’ve never seen. Just at the edge of the paths, a single cut of mowing.
“All the sidings overgrown with nettles and brambles. The cycle zone cannot be used by children on their small bikes due to overgrown vegetation.
“There is a dangerous 2-foot hole where the concrete broke near the basketball court while waiting for a serious accident to happen, covered by the board with a pallet that people are moving for it. display and retrieved by passers-by.
“People even approached areas on their own with disgust. “
In response, Rossendale’s council said he had surrendered last week and needed to assemble a team this week to tidy up the park.
A spokesperson said: “We had to redirect staff to the cemeteries for the past two weeks and due to the time of year and the rate of grass growth the park has become overgrown. .
“We have a planned work schedule that has been organized and agreed upon with The Whitaker prior to opening, and improvements will be made over the next few weeks.”
Last week it was confirmed that The Whitaker and Rossendale Leisure Trust will work more closely in the future, with the Leisure Trust assisting the Whitaker Community Interest Company with strategic planning and marketing support, with the aim of jointly promoting the physical health and cultural well-being.
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