Work starts on new look Bank Park

Warrington Guardian: Work starts on new look Bank Park Work starts on new look Bank Park

WORK has started on the transformation of Bank Park - with hedges and trees set to be cut down.

As previously reported in the Warrington Guardian, the park, which surrounds the Town Hall, is undergoing a £2.2million facelift.

The first phase will see the return of a path layout from more than 150 years ago.

Other changes will include the replacement of the bowling greens with new floodlit all-weather surfaces, a refurbished toilet block, new playground and, subject to further consultation, a new pavilion.

Clr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: ‘This is an historic day. This is the first step in transforming our much treasured Bank Park.

“It will initially look strange with the hedge removed but this will open up the park and it is necessary to do this work now for ecological reasons.

“Work will start on creating the new pathways early in the coming weeks.

“We are looking forward to sharing revised plans for the park with the public soon, particularly those for the pavilion, having incorporated the valuable feedback that we received in the consultation exercise held last year into the new designs.

“Like all of the parks in the borough, Bank Park belongs to the people of Warrington and the council is enjoying working with residents and businesses in reinventing its future as a vibrant town ‘front garden’.”

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1:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

old-codger says...

The park, which surrounds the Town Hall, is undergoing a £2.2million facelift.

But no money available to support disabled peoples transport, Typical WBC with its mismanaged priorities,
The park, which surrounds the Town Hall, is undergoing a £2.2million facelift. But no money available to support disabled peoples transport, Typical WBC with its mismanaged priorities, old-codger

3:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Well I suppose George Michael will benefit from the refurbished toilet block! What about the endless pot hole's around the town and cuts to services as old codger states. What makes this story even worse is they state on WG today a story of £1.2m being wasted in Woolston on a park.
Never mind as long as these "fat cats" get to waste our money that's just fine.
Still Grumpy
Well I suppose George Michael will benefit from the refurbished toilet block! What about the endless pot hole's around the town and cuts to services as old codger states. What makes this story even worse is they state on WG today a story of £1.2m being wasted in Woolston on a park. Never mind as long as these "fat cats" get to waste our money that's just fine. Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT

4:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

tarasmum says...

Oh God, more trees and hedgerows vanishing from Warrington - poor wildlife. No wonder hedge sparrows are becoming more and more rare. Not a cause for joy in my eyes !
Oh God, more trees and hedgerows vanishing from Warrington - poor wildlife. No wonder hedge sparrows are becoming more and more rare. Not a cause for joy in my eyes ! tarasmum

4:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Barbara K says...

More enviromental destruction from this Council - they wont be happy until there's not a bush or tree left and I'll rst my hat if a replacement holly hedge appears
More enviromental destruction from this Council - they wont be happy until there's not a bush or tree left and I'll rst my hat if a replacement holly hedge appears Barbara K

8:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Diamond76 says...

The public consultation in November stated that the hedges were to be removed so that the historic pathways could be restored. This would allow a circular area for concerts, markets and public events. I believe the hedge was playing a big part in anti social behaviour.
I voted for artificial bowling greens and argued that for the first time in Warrington it would allow wheel chair users to play the sport. The fact that they listened and both greens are artificial is excellent news. Reports in the WG suggest that over 70% of people voted for this.
Artificial greens will also save the public purse 10k per year in maintenance costs.
The consultation said that the toilets would only be open for special events like walking day which again will be a relief to families.
Bank Park used to be the hive of activity with the band stand, cricket pitch, boating lake, bowling greens and zoo.
We have the chance to restore the last remaining historic feature and I for one can't wait to see the greens and floodlights in use and people enjoying the new cafe in the park.
As for the pot holes the traffic has been terrible this week whilst they relay Battersby Lane but it looks like they are getting round to it.
The public consultation in November stated that the hedges were to be removed so that the historic pathways could be restored. This would allow a circular area for concerts, markets and public events. I believe the hedge was playing a big part in anti social behaviour. I voted for artificial bowling greens and argued that for the first time in Warrington it would allow wheel chair users to play the sport. The fact that they listened and both greens are artificial is excellent news. Reports in the WG suggest that over 70% of people voted for this. Artificial greens will also save the public purse 10k per year in maintenance costs. The consultation said that the toilets would only be open for special events like walking day which again will be a relief to families. Bank Park used to be the hive of activity with the band stand, cricket pitch, boating lake, bowling greens and zoo. We have the chance to restore the last remaining historic feature and I for one can't wait to see the greens and floodlights in use and people enjoying the new cafe in the park. As for the pot holes the traffic has been terrible this week whilst they relay Battersby Lane but it looks like they are getting round to it. Diamond76

1:22am Sat 8 Feb 14

grey-area says...

and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?
and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly? grey-area

5:41am Sat 8 Feb 14

pnewsome says...

So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business.
So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business. pnewsome

5:44am Sat 8 Feb 14

pnewsome says...

Diamond76 wrote:
The public consultation in November stated that the hedges were to be removed so that the historic pathways could be restored. This would allow a circular area for concerts, markets and public events. I believe the hedge was playing a big part in anti social behaviour.
I voted for artificial bowling greens and argued that for the first time in Warrington it would allow wheel chair users to play the sport. The fact that they listened and both greens are artificial is excellent news. Reports in the WG suggest that over 70% of people voted for this.
Artificial greens will also save the public purse 10k per year in maintenance costs.
The consultation said that the toilets would only be open for special events like walking day which again will be a relief to families.
Bank Park used to be the hive of activity with the band stand, cricket pitch, boating lake, bowling greens and zoo.
We have the chance to restore the last remaining historic feature and I for one can't wait to see the greens and floodlights in use and people enjoying the new cafe in the park.
As for the pot holes the traffic has been terrible this week whilst they relay Battersby Lane but it looks like they are getting round to it.
'... will be a relief to families..' I see what you did there.
[quote][p][bold]Diamond76[/bold] wrote: The public consultation in November stated that the hedges were to be removed so that the historic pathways could be restored. This would allow a circular area for concerts, markets and public events. I believe the hedge was playing a big part in anti social behaviour. I voted for artificial bowling greens and argued that for the first time in Warrington it would allow wheel chair users to play the sport. The fact that they listened and both greens are artificial is excellent news. Reports in the WG suggest that over 70% of people voted for this. Artificial greens will also save the public purse 10k per year in maintenance costs. The consultation said that the toilets would only be open for special events like walking day which again will be a relief to families. Bank Park used to be the hive of activity with the band stand, cricket pitch, boating lake, bowling greens and zoo. We have the chance to restore the last remaining historic feature and I for one can't wait to see the greens and floodlights in use and people enjoying the new cafe in the park. As for the pot holes the traffic has been terrible this week whilst they relay Battersby Lane but it looks like they are getting round to it.[/p][/quote]'... will be a relief to families..' I see what you did there. pnewsome

7:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

Diamond76 says...

grey-area wrote:
and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?
The consultation cited new parking (near the Travelodge) for about 20 spaces. The good news for me is the 100 spaces next to the town hall are free at weekends and after 18.00 during the week.
The area is between the 2 railway stations and a short walk from the bus station and The Golden square is free on Sundays to park.
[quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?[/p][/quote]The consultation cited new parking (near the Travelodge) for about 20 spaces. The good news for me is the 100 spaces next to the town hall are free at weekends and after 18.00 during the week. The area is between the 2 railway stations and a short walk from the bus station and The Golden square is free on Sundays to park. Diamond76

10:08am Sat 8 Feb 14

MAD 4 IT says...

what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!!
what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!! MAD 4 IT

11:00am Sat 8 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!!
I thought that was Golden Gates Housing - not the council.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!![/p][/quote]I thought that was Golden Gates Housing - not the council. Nick Tessla

7:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

old-codger says...

grey-area wrote:
and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?
Town hall car park :):):).
[quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?[/p][/quote]Town hall car park :):):). old-codger

7:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
MAD 4 IT wrote:
what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!!
I thought that was Golden Gates Housing - not the council.
It is GGHT who will have new offices, I was going to ask if the monkey house is coming back but then I remembered that MAD 4 IT comes on here and may take offence :):):).
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: what about the "OLD GREENHOUSE" getting refurbished? much chance of that the council DEMOLISHED it to BUILD their OFFICES on "park land" !!![/p][/quote]I thought that was Golden Gates Housing - not the council.[/p][/quote]It is GGHT who will have new offices, I was going to ask if the monkey house is coming back but then I remembered that MAD 4 IT comes on here and may take offence :):):). old-codger

1:50pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JMB Old Hall says...

more trees and hedgerows destroyed for what open spaces flood lit pitches bank park will become an ugly blot on the warrington landscape beautiful cherry blossom trees destroyed ponds and hedgerows full of litter warrington is a dirty town and warrington borough council you are a disgrace get your priorities right because you have not got a clue where the environment is concerned. JMB Old Hall
more trees and hedgerows destroyed for what open spaces flood lit pitches bank park will become an ugly blot on the warrington landscape beautiful cherry blossom trees destroyed ponds and hedgerows full of litter warrington is a dirty town and warrington borough council you are a disgrace get your priorities right because you have not got a clue where the environment is concerned. JMB Old Hall JMB Old Hall

6:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Diamond76 says...

JMB Old Hall wrote:
more trees and hedgerows destroyed for what open spaces flood lit pitches bank park will become an ugly blot on the warrington landscape beautiful cherry blossom trees destroyed ponds and hedgerows full of litter warrington is a dirty town and warrington borough council you are a disgrace get your priorities right because you have not got a clue where the environment is concerned. JMB Old Hall
One hedgerow which encourages anti social behaviour (alcohol and drug abuse).
The greens and pavilion have been left in disrepair for far too long. This project will mean people aged from 9-90 can finally use Bank Park again.
If you have spent time to visit Bank Park like me for the last few years it is a truely depressing sight. This project will mean all year round activity for all ages. Bank Park is being given back to the public.
[quote][p][bold]JMB Old Hall[/bold] wrote: more trees and hedgerows destroyed for what open spaces flood lit pitches bank park will become an ugly blot on the warrington landscape beautiful cherry blossom trees destroyed ponds and hedgerows full of litter warrington is a dirty town and warrington borough council you are a disgrace get your priorities right because you have not got a clue where the environment is concerned. JMB Old Hall[/p][/quote]One hedgerow which encourages anti social behaviour (alcohol and drug abuse). The greens and pavilion have been left in disrepair for far too long. This project will mean people aged from 9-90 can finally use Bank Park again. If you have spent time to visit Bank Park like me for the last few years it is a truely depressing sight. This project will mean all year round activity for all ages. Bank Park is being given back to the public. Diamond76

7:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

kay says...

How about doing something about the situation at Morley Common where there are football pitches which can't be used because of damage to the changing rooms? They were vandalised just after the start of the season and have not been repaired.
How about doing something about the situation at Morley Common where there are football pitches which can't be used because of damage to the changing rooms? They were vandalised just after the start of the season and have not been repaired. kay

7:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

PageA says...

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that.. PageA

7:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

PageA says...

Is she...still there?
Is she...still there? PageA

8:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Freeborn John says...

PageA wrote:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..
If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret.
I don't suppose that would suit you either...
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..[/p][/quote]If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret. I don't suppose that would suit you either... Freeborn John

8:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

PageA says...

Freeborn John wrote:
PageA wrote:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..
If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret.
I don't suppose that would suit you either...
You're right FJ we need to work with our partners to stamp out corruption in the world. We need to make sure that our every penny of our overseas aid reaches the people who need it most
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..[/p][/quote]If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret. I don't suppose that would suit you either...[/p][/quote]You're right FJ we need to work with our partners to stamp out corruption in the world. We need to make sure that our every penny of our overseas aid reaches the people who need it most PageA

10:18pm Tue 11 Feb 14

local man says...

who destroyed the old park layout in the first place and planted the special hedge that encourages anti social behavior and drug use? I would prefer the park to be letf alone and £2m cut from the council tax. Starting with mine.
who destroyed the old park layout in the first place and planted the special hedge that encourages anti social behavior and drug use? I would prefer the park to be letf alone and £2m cut from the council tax. Starting with mine. local man

10:45pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

grey-area wrote:
and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?
They don't want cars in a pedestrianised Town Centre, now come on be reasonable about the environmental impact.
[quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: and visitors to the park will be able to park their cars.......where exactly?[/p][/quote]They don't want cars in a pedestrianised Town Centre, now come on be reasonable about the environmental impact. SAC_in_Warrington

5:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

tarasmum says...

pnewsome wrote:
So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business.
Ha ha ha ...
[quote][p][bold]pnewsome[/bold] wrote: So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ... tarasmum

10:34pm Thu 13 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Freeborn John wrote:
PageA wrote:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..
If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret.
I don't suppose that would suit you either...
I couldn't have put it better myself, I agree that foreign aid is desperately needed but not almost £12billion a year when our own citizens are suffering, Do away with paying government officials and give money to charities to spend money where its needed most, We give £240million a year to Argentina who spend it on war planes to harass the Falkland islanders, India and China get almost £1billion and they have space programes, We don't.
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...can someone check the story about dial a ride please..I can't bare to look at Margaret looking out of her window for a bus that never comes...this will always be the park that Margaret bought...the park that Margaret bought...the park that..[/p][/quote]If the government wasn't pouring hundreds of millions in foreign aid straight into the pockets of corrupt third world politicians it could perhaps be spent on our own elderly, disadvantaged and disabled, people like Margaret. I don't suppose that would suit you either...[/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it better myself, I agree that foreign aid is desperately needed but not almost £12billion a year when our own citizens are suffering, Do away with paying government officials and give money to charities to spend money where its needed most, We give £240million a year to Argentina who spend it on war planes to harass the Falkland islanders, India and China get almost £1billion and they have space programes, We don't. old-codger

6:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Barbara K says...

Typical of this Council to look back 50 years to justify the hedge removal - they could have lowered the height, removed sections to improve visibility or left it alone. I despair of the tree loss going on all over Warrington at the moment - the great Elm at Fordton leisure, all the trees on Winwick Road at Alban retail, dozens this week at the old Dallam Day Centre, hundreds at Chapelford, more woodland to go at Omega and all on the say-so of the Council 'arboricultural assistant' . What do we get instead - spindly replacements that none of us will see mature. This piecemeal loss will have a devastating cumulative effect.
Typical of this Council to look back 50 years to justify the hedge removal - they could have lowered the height, removed sections to improve visibility or left it alone. I despair of the tree loss going on all over Warrington at the moment - the great Elm at Fordton leisure, all the trees on Winwick Road at Alban retail, dozens this week at the old Dallam Day Centre, hundreds at Chapelford, more woodland to go at Omega and all on the say-so of the Council 'arboricultural assistant' . What do we get instead - spindly replacements that none of us will see mature. This piecemeal loss will have a devastating cumulative effect. Barbara K

6:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

tarasmum wrote:
pnewsome wrote:
So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business.
Ha ha ha ...
Didn't they have a relative who worked at "The News of The World"?
[quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pnewsome[/bold] wrote: So last year we were tortured with a photo of her husband with a wheelbarrow in his hands, shirt hanging out, telling us how smart Bridge Street was going to look. Now we get Cllr Hannon with a shovel of 'dirt', I think these two are in the wrong business.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ...[/p][/quote]Didn't they have a relative who worked at "The News of The World"? SAC_in_Warrington

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