Park architects fall foul of locals

£750,000 park plan withdrawn following complaints by locals

The £750,000 plan for Higginson Park in High Wycombe has run into controversy after Wycombe District Council withdrew plans for an ambitious redevelopment following local objections. A local newspaper claimed that £60,000 had been wasted on drawing up plans that included a crescent-shaped pavilion by landscape architects Whitelaw Turkington/Markland Klaschka. The council said £22,670 has been spent on a digital survey of the park, design drawings, consultation documents and consultation meetings. While 82 per cent of locals want the park improved, their priorities were for refurbished toilets, a café, play areas and better drainage. Council external relations officer Fiona Chandler added: “Comprehensive consultation with park visitors is an essential element of the project preparation phase and has been very productive. These preparatory works have been paid for from a separate budget.”

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