Cars and vans to be replaced by planters to improve entrance to popular park

A Midlands' council is drawing up plans to replace cars with flowers by sprucing up the entrance to one of its parks.

Parking problem: The entrance to Kings' Park in Retford
Parking problem: The entrance to Kings' Park in Retford

Kings' Park in Retford was voted the 11th favourite park in the UK in the 2013 Green Flag People's Choice survey, and the favourite in the East Midlands.

In 2007 it was considered the best park in the Midlands as a whole but in recent years its entrance has become cluttered with vehicles using the pull-in space in front of the gates as a car park.

Bassetlaw District Council is planning a number of improvements to improve safety, provide better emergency access and make the park look more attractive.

If the plans go ahead, vehicles will be replaced with planters and ornamental bollards.

The council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods councillor Julie Leigh said: "Kings' Park is a fantastic place for visitors and Retfordians alike, but we have to ensure it remains accessible and safe.

"By removing the clutter of vehicles around the entrance we will not only increase the visibility for people crossing Chancery Lane, but provide a more attractive and appealing gateway into the park."

The council is currently consulting on its plans. A spokesman said design work was likely to be done in-house.


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