Royal protection for west Cumbria green spaces
(published 7 July 2011 in News and Star)
Four green areas in Allerdale are to become protected as part of a celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics.
Workington’s Vulcan Park, Flimby, Fletchers Crescent in Maryport and Harris Park extension in Cockermouth will become Queen Elizabeth II Protected Fields – provided that they are supported by the community.
It means the council will be able to access related grants to improve the areas and that the areas would be preserved as playing fields. The council would not be able to build on the land in the future.
The dedication of QE II fields is a project run by Price William in conjunction with the Fields In Trust organisation to celebrate the jubilee and Olympics.
Nominations can include any green space that is owned by a council that is used for leisure and recreational purposes.
The spaces were identified on the basis of their location and their value to the community.
The proposals will go to a public vote in September before being finalised as QE II fields. They cannot gain protected status without a show of support from the community.
Vulcan Park is exempt from the vote as the site is in receipt of a £27,000 grant for outdoor gym equipment under condition that it becomes protected.
Additional sites have been put forward include Hall Park in Workington; Flimby rugby pitch; Camp Road play area in Maryport; The Green opposite Nelson Street in Maryport; the Millennium Green on The Promenade in Maryport; Windermere Road Playing Field and Ellneborough Moor green area in Maryport; and the field next to Harrington Marina.
They have yet to win the approval of the Fields in Trust organisation and Allerdale council.
Hall Park will also need approval from the Curwen Trust in order to be put forward.
Council leader Alan Smith said an email will be sent to other town and parish councils asking if they would like to put forward any other spaces for consideration.