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Stortford's newest park - what do you think?

A beautiful new park is taking shape in the heart of Bishop's Stortford. The initial plans were introduced to residents last summer and now it's time for you to see the detailed proposals and make your comments.

Castle Park brings together two neighbouring green spaces - Castle Gardens and Sworders Field. The proposals will make the improved park better for people and wildlife and will make the most of its historical heritage.

Our proposals focus around four main areas, events and recreation, biodiversity, conservation and infrastructure. We want Castle Park to be a community hub and provide space for a range of events and recreational activities, while also enhancing the park for wildlife. We are also proposing to protect and conserve Waytemore Castle and carry out archaeological surveys to help us understand how the Castle was once used. Another major enhancement for the park will include a new community building with halls, a café and public toilets plus improvements to the pathways in the park giving greater accessibility.

East Herts executive member for environment and public space Graham McAndrew said: "I would like to encourage residents to take part in the public consultation about the future of Castle Park and how it evolves. This is a great opportunity for each and every one of you to make a valuable contribution."

The plans are backed by funding from the National Lottery. East Herts Council is working with Bishop's Stortford Town Council and Countryside Management Service (CMS) on the project.

To have your say visit www.eastherts.gov.uk/castlepark where you'll find a link to an online questionnaire. You'll also be able to look at some maps and plans and stick your comments directly onto them, using a new website called Stickyworld.

The Castle Park project team will be out and about meeting residents over the next few weeks at various events around the town to showcase these exciting plans. We want Castle Park to be an outstanding park for all and we'd love to hear your views on our proposals so please come along, find out more and tell us what you think.

Dates confirmed are:

  • Monday Oct 16 - 9am-5.30pm, Jackson Square
  • Thursday Oct 19 - 10am-1pm, Bishop's Stortford Library
  • Friday October 20 - 2pm-6pm, Tesco superstore, Lancaster Way
  • Saturday October 28 - 11am-12.30pm, Consultation walk looking at biodiversity enhancements meeting at Link Road car park 11am
  • Wednesday Nov 1 - 9am-5.30pm, Jackson Square
  • Thursday Nov 2 - 9am-4pm, South Street
  • Saturday Nov 4 - 11am-12.30pm, Consultation walk looking at heritage enhancements meeting at Link Road car park 11am
  • Tuesday Nov 7 - 10am-1pm, Bishop's Stortford Library
  • Saturday Nov 11 - 9am-11am, Parkrun launch in Castle Park near the bandstand in Sworders Field.

The consultation starts on Monday October 16 and runs until November 13.

October 12 2017