Works planned to give Central Park a make-over

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Central Park in Boston is set to get a new make-over with a planned programme of works.

A meeting of the Central Panel earlier this month heard that some work had already begun.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, outlined other elements of work including plans to apply for grant funding to improve the children’s play area, a request for improved CCTV cover, enforcement training for grounds staff and cutting back of shrubbery in an effort to reduce opportunities for some to use areas as a toilet.

Some panel members had raised concerns about maintenance in the park.

They met with Coun Gunter, ward councillors Couns Mary Wright and Carol Taylor and park groundsman John Dyson to discuss their concerns.

They were pleased to hear that volunteers had been recruited to help in the community garden in Central Park, and that weeding, planting and litter picking had already taken place. Police assistance has been requested to deal with anti-social behaviour.

Coun Gunter said the park was now looking good, but agreed with one speaker at the meeting who said it would never be possible to have it perfect all of the time.

She said: “The grounds staff have a lot to do, especially this time of year. They always do their best and care about Central Park as much as they do their own gardens. They spend hours each day picking up litter which is such a shame when there are 31 litter bins in the park, many located next to every seating area.”

Coun Wright added: “The vast majority of people who use Central Park enjoy it and behave properly and responsibly. It is a shame that there is a small minority who do not and add to the workload, taking staff away from the more routine maintenance which keeps everything looking good.

“People should be aware that litter includes cigarette ends and, while we don’t want to be killjoys, park users should be aware that they could face a £75 fine for any littering.”

Coun Taylor said: “Central Park is an area Boston can be proud of – it’s a beautiful green oasis close to the town centre that everyone can enjoy. It is encouraging to hear that people care so much about it. We can all help to keep it looking good for the benefit of us all.”

A questionnaire is to be distributed at the Community Showcase event on Sunday, September 8, to find out how people could enjoy their visits to Central Park even more.