Horncastle play area would help town park

The Bain Valley park in Horncastle which some Town councillors believe would benefit from a playground
The Bain Valley park in Horncastle which some Town councillors believe would benefit from a playground
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Introducing children’s play equipment could help transform the appeal of a Horncastle park.

That’s the opinion of Town councillors who are concerned about the overall condition of the Bain Valley park.

Councillors have previously claimed dead trees and long grass were deterring people from visiting the park.

There have been allegations that the site is a haunt for under-age drinking and is mainly used by dog walkers.

Following requests by the Town Council, East Lindsey District Council has recently carried out maintenance.

However, Town councillors say further work is still needed - including removing several dead trees.

Councillor Brian Burbage said he believed installing children’s play equipment would add to the overall appeal of the park.

Speaking at last week’s Town Council meeting, he said the park would be more popular if there were facilities to attract families with young children.

He added: “Surely, it would be better for everyone if there was something for children to play on.

“I’m sure a playground would be a welcome addition.”

Coun Burbage was backed by Mayor Coun Sandra Campbell-Wardman who admitted there was a lack of facilities for children in the park - and the surrounding area.

She said: “I think a roundabout and a few slides would be a good idea.

“There is the playground close to Tesco but that is in the centre of town.

“Perhaps it is something we could look at.”

Coun Fiona Martin said she had spoken to ELDC to highlight several concerns regarding the overall condition of the park.

She said that as a result, the park was in a much better condition, but ELDC was aware of areas that still needed work.