Funding approved for transformation project at Barton park

Planning and Environment
11:58, Tuesday, 14th May 2024

Barton residents are set to get new paths, seats, flower beds and landscaping at Dam Road Park thanks to a £79,000 grant from the FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to install new seats, CCTV, bins, paths and gates as well as raised beds, trees and hedging.

The £124,000 project will also include new play equipment and bark paths with money raised by the Friends of Barton Park, along with contributions from local developers and other grants.

Barton Cllr Paul Vickers, chair of the Friends of Barton Parks, said: “Friends of Baysgarth Park are delighted to be working in partnership with the council on the development of Dam Road Park.

“The Friends group have already secured funds from Barton Town Council, Tesco Stronger Start and the Co-op Community Fund towards this ambitious project which we hope will be a blueprint for further development of the community parks in Barton.

“The funding from FCC has meant that the full scheme can be achieved which is great news for the environment and the community that uses the park.”

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the landscaping improvements at Dam Road Park and pleased our funding will provide such a beautiful green space for people across Barton.

“FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

It is hoped work will start in the summer and be ready for local people to enjoy by the autumn.