New look for Riverside Park in Ingleton
Residents are being invited to a consultation event on the future of Riverside Park in Ingleton on Tuesday, October 11.
The event takes place from 7pm at the Community Centre in Ingleton.
In July, the Council commissioned landscape architects, Newground, to produce designs for the development of the park as an attractive and welcoming place for people from the local area and wider region to visit and enjoy.
Close to the historic village centre, the park is located in a very attractive setting on the banks of the River Doe.
The park is currently a very functional space, providing access to the outdoor swimming pool and childrens' play area; however, it is felt that the park has enormous potential to draw more people into the village by enabling people to enjoy the hidden areas of the park such as the riverside and woodland.
Paul Weaire, Chairman of the Ingleton Village Team said: "This is a great opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of the park. We are keen to know what people would like to see to ensure that the park can be enjoyed by everyone and is seen as another great asset for the village."
The designs are being prepared on behalf of the Ingleton Village Team, a partnership between Craven District Council, Ingleton Parish Council, the Ingleton & Area Business Group and the Ingleton Rural Community Association which was formed to oversee the delivery of a series of actions aimed at addressing the impact on declining visitor numbers on the vitality of the village centre.
In June 2015, the Council agreed to allocate £110,000 of its New Homes Bonus receipts to support the delivery of this and other actions identified in the Village Centre Action Plan.
Development of the Action Plan was informed by issues raised during consultation with local businesses and residents. The first of these projects to be completed was the refurbishment of the village's main car park and introduction of a new parking tariff offering 45 minutes parking for only 20p, making it cheaper to pop and shop in Ingleton than in nearby Kirkby Lonsdale.
The aim is to create a place that is distinctive to Ingleton and which reflects its character and heritage and connects with the surrounding landscape; create a place that will draw people into the centre of the village. Create a space that is accessible and can be enjoyed throughout the year.
For those who are unable to attend on the night, the plans will be on display at the Tourist Information Centre in Ingleton from October 12, and/or available online www.cravendc.gov.uk/ingletonplans.