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King george s playing fields 2 Published Friday, 20 January 2017

How can King George's Playing Fields in Thornton be improved? That's the question Wyre Council is asking those who use the site and live in the local community.

Following a special public consultation event at Marsh Mill on Friday 20 January, members of the public can still have their say on how they currently use the playing fields and how they could be improved. 

You can take part in the consultation online at wyre.gov.uk/playingfields until 28 February or call in to the Riverside Room at Wyre Estuary Country Park to see our exhibition before 13 February.

£54,000 is available to improve the playing fields and the land adjacent, north of Royles Brook, which lie between Thornton Health and Fitness Centre and Marsh Mill Shopping Village on Fleetwood Road North. 

Councillor David Henderson, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces at Wyre Council, said: "King George's Playing Fields are already well used by local clubs and dog walkers but have the potential to be enjoyed by many more people. We know that drainage is an issue and will be looking to address that as part of the proposals. We could add features such as seating and walking trails to give the area more of a park feel, if local people would like to see this.

"Having already spoken with representatives of community groups we would now like to open it up to a wider section of the community to make their suggestions about how they would like to see this area of open space enhanced for the future.”

Dedicated to the memory of King George V, the playing fields were first formed in the 1930s before being further developed under the design direction of the famous Thomas Mawson practice in the 1960s. Today there's a floodlit pitch, children's play area, woodland area, pond, miniature railway and disused pavilion.

All the feedback obtained at the event will be used to help develop proposals for the site and potentially apply for additional funding.

For more information email parks@wyre.gov.uk or call 01253 891000.

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