A CLEARER picture is emerging of how a cash sum of more than half a million will be spent on improving Shirley Park.
Facilities will be upgraded as part of the Shirley Parkgate development and the proposals were discussed earlier this week. The work at what the council has described as one of the borough’s “most popular parks” is expected to get underway in September next year.
A report, presented to cabinet member for safer communities, Diana Holl-Allen, said that working when the park receives fewer visitors would minimise disruption.
Among the proposals being discussed are improved play equipment, biodiversity areas and better facilities for outdoor activities.
But Coun Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) argues the improvements are “woeful compensation for the loss of nearly three acres of parkland”.
“All the things now proposed were identified as needed over 10 years ago,” he said, “but successive administrations have neglected Shirley Park and it is now a case of playing catch up.”
Councillor Holl-Allen said: “This is a significant investment and will result in the people of Shirley and beyond having a wonderful park with excellent facilities for all to enjoy. We’ve asked people what they want and have done our very best to reflect that. I’m delighted with it, and hope the people of Shirley will be as well.”