Council launches survey on community engagement at Caister Park
Following the news that Great Yarmouth Borough Council has received funding to improve the park at Diana Way in Caister, it has launched a survey to see if people want to get involved in making the space better for users and wildlife.
The work is intended to improve the park with new paths to ensure better accessibility for users, improvements to the play area and signage, the planting of more trees and the creation of a new wildflower meadow.
During Love Parks Week, as part of Levelling Up funding, the government announced a £9m scheme to create new or significantly refurbished green spaces in urban areas that need them most, with £85,000 available per project.
The Caister work will also be paid for via income received from housing developers for community projects, known as Section 106 money.
Local residents can help with some of the planting and may also have the opportunity to establish a group focused on nature-based activities with the aim of attaining Green Flag Status for the park. Green Flag-accredited sites must demonstrate that they manage a quality space with a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve, why and who they seek to serve.
Work is expected to start in March and be completed by October of this year. Anyone wanting to get involved with the project is encouraged to complete the survey.
Councillor Paul Wells, chair of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Environment Committee, said: "The improvements to Diana Way Park in Caister will be something enjoyed by those of all ages and abilities, ensuring our residents have another accessible outdoor and green space to help improve their physical and mental health.
"If any individuals or community groups would like to get involved in this exciting project, I encourage them to complete the survey and sign up to receive further information."