CHILDREN must be asked for their ideas on how to revamp Greenhead Park, says a top councillor.
Kirklees Council Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan has criticised the limited public consultation into the restoration project planned for the Huddersfield park.
He wants the time for the process to be extended, as well as allowing all schoolchildren to have a say.
The consultation ends tomorrow.
Clr Khan says young people are major users of the popular park, which could be in line for a multi- million-pound grant from the National Lottery.
The restoration plans have been drawn up and displayed at Huddersfield Library and Greenhead Park Information Centre.
Clr Khan said: "I would like the exhibition extended. It has only been up for two weeks."
He said the 14 days for people to give their suggestions was not long enough for people to get their views down. "It makes a mockery of the consultation process," he added.
Clr Khan went on: "The consultation process on prime applications is three weeks and this is such an important issue."
He said the consultation had to be seen to be exhaustive.
"The funders will want to see a wide consultation and we don't want them to raise any issues, such as that consultation wasn't done properly or adequately."
Clr Khan has been in touch with Kirklees Council to try and get schools involved in the debate.
He wants plans of the scheme distributed to many classes in the district.
"It's important that young people have a say, by the council supplying information, maps and plans to schools in Huddersfield," said Clr Khan.