A big revamp of an historic Dewsbury park is a step closer.

Councillors are being urged to back a funding scheme to enable the work to go ahead at Rectory Park, Thornhill.

The scheme will see a new bridge and footways built to enable more public use of the lower park.

The Friends of Rectory Park are keen to use the area for more public events and to highlight the park’s’natural history.

Local schools are also anxious to use the site for history and biodiversity-themed activitiies.

The current state of the footbridge and paths prevent them from doing so.

Now Kirklees Cabinet is set to approve a scheme to free up council funding to match a grant obtained from the SITA UK Trust.

They have pledged more than £30,000 for the project and the council is expected to come up with a further £10,000.

Funding boost for Rectory Park in Dewsbury
Funding boost for Rectory Park in Dewsbury
 

That will enable work to start on a pedestrian footbridge over the medieval moat of the former Thornhill Hall.

There will also be a new gently-sloping footpath and refurbished steps which will replace an existing muddy bank. The current facilities are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs or with buggies.

It is the latest phase of work planned for the park which in the past few years has included a clean-up of the moat and sluice, tree removal, new fencing and new access to the park from Hall Lane.

Clr Peter McBride said the council was delighted with the success of the bid to the SITA Trust and has recommended Cabinet approval for the project.

It is anticipated work would start in eitehr August or September and be concluded by December.

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