Give your views on proposed improvements to Meadow Road Park

Published: Thursday, 20th December 2018

Kettering Borough Council is seeking local opinions on proposals to revamp Meadow Road Park.

A consultation has been launched to involve residents in plans to bring a number of new facilities to a currently underused area in Kettering town centre. Improvements to this important open space will provide a place to play, work out or relax in a town centre destination park enhanced by the offer of nearby shopping and places to eat.

The Council would like to hear views on the proposals and has provided more information and an online survey at www.kettering.gov.uk/meadow-road-park. The Council will also consult with local people, including residents, businesses and schoolchildren to help decide the final design of the park. Please let us know your views by Thursday, 31st January 2019.

Potential improvements to the park will include a new children’s play area to replace the old equipment, which is set to be removed in January. New plans for the park are likely to include play equipment for a range of ages, an outdoor gym and fitness equipment, landscaping, seating areas, and a small sports pitch with goals, as well as improvements to safety, security and flood defences.

The project, which is part of the Council’s Town Centre Delivery Plan, will be funded using money from Section 106 agreements negotiated as part of recent local housing developments. 

Lisa Hyde, Executive Director at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Meadow Road Park has a lot of potential as a place to play, work out or relax in Kettering town centre. The existing play equipment is due for replacement and this offers an opportunity to create a destination park which is attractive and accessible to all ages. Research shows that a good nearby park brings people into a town centre and can have a positive effect on businesses.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:

“We’re keen to hear local people’s views on what they would like to see at Meadow Road Park, so please fill in our online survey. We believe the new plans to help create a destination park will act as a significant draw to the town centre. The scheme sits within the Council’s wider town centre regeneration plans with investment secured through local housing developments.”

More information on the project, including FAQs and the consultation survey can be found at www.kettering.gov.uk/meadow-road-park