A NEW officer is to take charge of developing Beaumont Park.
Campaigners fighting to improve the Victorian park have been delighted with news that the Friends of the Park had been successful in their application to employ a Project Officer in the park.
The funding has come from Huddersfield Pride, which also allocated funds to furnish and fit out a new visitor's centre in the park.
The visitor's centre was officially opened in June by Sir John Harman, chairman of the Environment Agency.
Clr Molly Walton, who is a member of the Friends of the Park group, said: "I am delighted that Huddersfield Pride has agreed to support the group's proposal, which I believe is the first such group in Kirklees to employ someone in this type of role.
"This person's responsibilities will be to work with local people to develop all aspects of the park with particular emphasis on the social, educational and cultural opportunities the park has to offer.
She said: "They will also work in close liaison with Kirklees Council and various funding bodies from whom it is expected that further funding will be obtained.
"I have every confidence that the proposals put forward are achievable, not least because they have been through a rigorous evaluation by the Huddersfield Pride team," said Clr Walton.
She added: "I am equally confident that the Friends of Beaumont Park group will make the most of this unique opportunity to develop the park further."