A community meeting was held on 30th November 2016 to discuss plans for the ambitious Heritage Lottery Fund project for Brinton Park in Kidderminster.
Wyre Forest District Council is developing plans for the park with its partners and residents. The project aims to reinstate the heritage aspects of the park, which have been lost over time, as well as create a place which will serve the community for the next 100 years. Some of the ideas being put forward include building a new pavilion with cafe and toilets, reinstating a small lake feature and bridge, creating an amphitheatre in front of the bandstand, creating a World War I memorial and improving signage, car parking and lighting.
A public survey was carried out in the summer and demonstrated that there is widespread support for the project and many of the ideas.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of the Council said:
“We are proposing to restore many of the heritage aspects of the park which have been lost over time. There will be reinstating aspects of the original design of the park to bring back that Victorian feel of managing nature but we are also looking to include a contemporary twist. We need to consider maintenance costs while creating a modern space which is great for the community. The meeting is open to everyone to come along and tell us their views on the proposed plans for the park.”
Brinton Park was gifted to the town by the Brinton family and opened in 1887 to provide open space for recreation and wellbeing. Over the last 129 years the park has been the centre for many significant events and celebrations.
Julian Brinton is backing the project and spoke at the meeting. He said:
“For over 200 years the Brinton family have felt passionate about the town of Kidderminster and cherished the people who live there. That is still the case today and we are thrilled to be working with the District Council to help bring about improvements to Brinton Park. The proposals have been brilliantly thought through and are totally in keeping with the existing park and will radically improve the facilities available to families and visitors. We hope we can encourage as many people as possible to support this project and ensure the protection and improvement of the parklands of Kidderminster.”
The Council is keen to get the community involved with the project. One main partner is the 21st Kidderminster Scout Group that currently meets in the park and hopes to use the new facilities for their activities.
Stephanie Searl, Cub Scout Leader and Executive Committee lead for KD21 Scout Hut said:
“We are delighted to be involved in the project. Brinton Park is an important meeting place for the scouts and we want to carry on this tradition. It is great that the scouts are able to input into the ideas for the park and we would encourage residents to come along to the meeting and find out more.“
The Council plans to make the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in Spring 2017.