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St James’ Park refurbishment plans to get underway

Improvement works will soon get underway in St James’ Park, Denton Holme, Carlisle.

A contractor working on behalf of Carlisle City Council, will start in March, with the work expected to take around two months.

Improvements will include refurbishing the paths and street furniture. All the main paths will be resurfaced with tarmac and a new flight of steps will be built for access from St James’ Road, as shown on the accompanying plan.

Brand new seats and litter bins will be installed across the park, together with a new circular seat with a central tree in memory of former Denton Holme Councillor, Hugh McDevitt.

A small amount of tree clearance on the bank off St James’ Road will be required to allow the construction of the new steps, however an avenue of new cherry trees will be planted along the length of the park in winter 2020/21.

In order to ensure the safety of members of public the main park will be closed to public access from March until May 2020. The play area will remain open throughout most of the works, with access from the rear of Colville Street.

Construction traffic will enter the site via Clifton Street during normal working hours, the co-operation of neighbouring householders in ensuring this entrance is kept clear is much appreciated.

Plans for a proposed refurbishment of St James’ Park, Denton Holme, Carlisle were given the thumbs up by local residents last year. Following the creation of draft improvement proposals by local landscape architects, Carlisle City Council carried out a community consultation between Tuesday 4 and Friday 21 June 2019.

Funding received from the developers of near-by housing projects is providing the opportunity to enhance the park for all its users.

Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson, Portfolio holder for Communities, Health and Wellbeing, said: “We would like to thank all the residents and members of the local community that took the time to take part in the consultation. The overall feedback was extremely positive. Residents and park users are clearly enthusiastic to see investment in the site, which remains a valuable community asset. Their views have had a big impact on the final plans. We would like to thank all residents and park users for their patience whilst the park undergoes this major redevelopment.”

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