£1m lottery bid for Burnley park 'on track for autumn'
A LOTTERY bid topping £1m for Burnley’s Thompson Park is on course to be submitted this autumn, say to town hall chiefs.
Leisure bosses are celebrating after each of the borough’s six main nature havens, including Thompson Park, retained Green Flag status. But Coun Roger Frost, a former leisure and culture cabinet member, has sought reassurances that a Heritage Lottery Fund application for the park, discussed for the past two years, is on track.
Work would focus on restoring the boating lake, Italian Garden, paddling pool and the pavilions at the 84-year-old site.
In the autumn of 2011, the 32 stone columns which formed the backbone of the Italian Gardens were taken down after four blew down in high winds.
But there has been wider use of the paddling pool, this summer, because of the extended heatwave.
Coun Frost praised the parks department over Green Flag status, saying it was a ‘fantastic achievement’.
But the former mayor added: “There is a substantial amount of work which needs to be done to restore it to its glory days of the 1930s.”
Coun John Harbour, current leisure and culture cabinet member, said that Simon Goff and the parks team had a good track record of meeting lottery deadlines. “The Thompson Park bid will be in and ready and I hope we will see some major progress there,” he said.
Friends of Thompson Park are also expected to play a key role in the lottery application.
The same lottery funding body awarded £2million to Towneley Park in 2005, which saw an ongoing improvements programme around the hall and surrounding parkland.
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