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Plans progressing for revamp of Thorpe St Andrew’s parks

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 July 2014

Friends of Thorpe Parks members (from left) Gail Brighton, Caroline Scriggins, Nicky Clasper and Beth Barnes with their children, and other members' children, at Laundry Lane Recreation Ground in Thorpe St Andrew.

Friends of Thorpe Parks members (from left) Gail Brighton, Caroline Scriggins, Nicky Clasper and Beth Barnes with their children, and other members' children, at Laundry Lane Recreation Ground in Thorpe St Andrew.

Submitted - March 2013

A parks group is hoping to present three different plans to the public for a revamp of Thorpe St Andrew’s parks.

Following on from a public consultation carried out in 2013, the Friends of Thorpe Parks worked with Thorpe St Andrew Town Council and architectural design practice Barron and Smith to put together a design brief for a landscape architect design competition.

The competition, to maximise the full potential of both Laundry Lane and Dusssindale parks for present and future users, drew 17 enquiries and five submissions.

Three of the landscape architects have now been short-listed to draw up a master plan of how the spaces can be better used by people of all ages. While there is some intital funding to get work underway, the idea is for the plans to be staged, so the Friends of Thorpe Parks can continue to fundraise for future works.

Christine Beake, from the Friends, said: “We would like to make Laundry Lane more of a destination park. It hasn’t got any shade and there’s nowhere to sit.

“The fence is quite prison-like and so we would like to see something done with it, as well as possibly tie and link the parks, maybe with a trail.

“There are lots of woods that are completely unsused at the moment and some of the landscape architects have suggested little woodland trails, trim trails, and putting in more natural play for the children.”

The three submissions will be shown to the public from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, August 27, at the town council office at the Dussindale Centre in Pound Lane, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday, August 28, at the Morse Pavilion in Laundry Lane and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Fitzmaurice Pavilion in Pound Lane.

Members of the public will be able to comment on the proposals and talk to members of the Friends when the plans are shown. The final master plan will be chosen by a panel.

For more information visit http://friendsoftsaparks.wordpress.com

Do you have a story about Thorpe St Andrew? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk

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