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Community has its say on future plans for Jubilee Park

by Cathy Sheel

The Council has been consulting with local people on future improvements at Jubilee Park in Huyton.

For the Record – Plans for Jubilee Park

Hundreds of local people have engaged with the consultation and shared their views both online and at a series of drop-in events.

Some of the most common suggestions made by residents included:

  • Improved play areas
  • More tree planting
  • A dedicated space for dog walkers
  • More non-football related activity
  • Wider paths
  • Reduction in traffic issues around the park

 You said, we listened

The Council has reflected this feedback in its updated masterplan for the park which was presented to the community at two drop-in events earlier this year. New plans include:

  • Improved play facilities
  • Retaining the former bowling green area as part of the wider park
  • Installing more acoustic noise reduction fencing to address concerns around noise
  • Reducing the size of the proposed car park to take up less space on the site

The updated plan also includes more tree planting and wider footpaths for future development phases in the park.

These improvements were supported by the majority people who attended the events and reviewed the updated proposals.

In response to community feedback the Council has now introduced a full programme of community activities in the park including a Book Swap Club, an Environmental Volunteering Group which takes place every Friday 10am – 12pm and a range of sports and non-sports related activities taking place during school breaks.

The Council will now work alongside Huyton Juniors FC to raise the necessary funds to improve the pavilion on site and work towards submitting a planning application for the pitch works and car park upgrades later in the year.

 Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods commented:

“What comes out really clearly from the consultation is just how much Jubilee Park is well loved and well used by the local community. So many people are using the park – sometimes several times a week – for lots of different reasons, and people are genuinely invested in supporting a bright future for the park and all of its users.

“All of the views shared as part of the consultation will be taken into consideration as we further develop plans in the coming year. Further information will be shared as these plans are confirmed but our aim remains to improve the park for as many people as possible to enjoy, both now and in the future.”

Steve Smith, from Huyton Juniors FC said: “Having good quality local sporting facilities for all the community to access is so important and helps to encourage a really healthy relationship with sport and wellbeing.

“We have recently set up a men’s health group called ‘On me head’ based at the park, and we’re encouraging more girls into football, thanks to our involvement with the Weetabix Wildcats scheme. We’re absolutely thrilled with the plans for improvements at Jubilee Park and welcome working with other community groups from all backgrounds to make use of this fantastic facility.”