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Parks including Anchorsholme Park are to be run differently in future

Parks including Anchorsholme Park are to be run differently in future

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Community groups are set to have more of a say in the way their local parks are run.

The move will mean residents will be more involved in the way some facilities such as tennis courts and bowling greens are rented out to the public.

A lease in place since 2006 with private operator Blackpool Parks Ltd to run facilities at Anchorsholme Park, Cavendish Recreation Ground in Bispham and Warbreck Recreation Ground has been surrendered by mutual agreement.

It is proposed in future to give Friends groups more involvement in how these parks are run instead.

A report to councillors says: “Following comments from community groups, individuals and Friends groups, it is now apparent local needs have changed since 2006 and communities would like to take ownership of outlying parks and community based facilities therein.

“This stems from a desire for greater input in how local facilities are run.”

Coun Paul Galley, who helped found the Friends of Anchorsholme Park, said the changes would present a challenge.

He said: “The council is expecting a lot from volunteers especially in Anchorsholme Park, where the concession concerned was responsible for the provision of golf, tennis and the hire of bowls.

“Our main priority at the moment is to see the restoration of golf and tennis in Anchorsholme park as soon as possible so will be discussing all the options available with local people, local groups and Blackpool Council to come up with a workable plan that delivers golf and tennis in the park.”