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A Preston park receives money for restoration scheme

The Easirent Car and Van Hire branch in Preston are pleased at the news of the oldest park in the area being given some money to improve its look and facilities.

New life will be put into the biggest and oldest park in Preston after a bid for funding was accepted. Council officials applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for cash on their £2.2 million plan to revamp the Grade II listed Moor Park.

The exact plans are being kept quiet as a formal announcement is due next month. A spokesman said “We are still waiting to agree the final details with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The improvements put forward include extending the Serpentine lake and rebuilding the footbridge, provision of a snack bar, resurfacing paths and improve entrances, improving park furniture, increasing the quality of the cricket facilities are just some of the plans.

Sara Hilton, head of HLF North West, said “The North West has a proud tradition of public parks, enjoyed by thousands daily. Following decades of decline, Lottery funding has revitalised parks across the North West but our report shows that this investment is now at risk. We realise these are financially tough times and that is why we need collaborative action and a fresh approach to halt this threat of decline. Our parks are far too important not to act now.”