Work has started on a project to improve access routes into and around Peel Park in Accrington and restore the historic Peel Monument.
The project, funded by the North West Development Agency, includes new surfacing of the path from the bowling green car park to the monument, replacement of steps at the top of Avenue Parade with new landings and a viewing area and restoration of Peel Monument itself.
Work started on site on 3 August and is expected to be completed by November 2009. The refurbishment of the Monument will be completed in time for a celebration event taking place on 26 September to mark the centenary of Peel Park being dedicated to the people of Hyndburn by William Peel.
This is the first of several projects to be developed over the next few years at Peel Park with other improvements planned including those relating to access, heritage, nature conservation and drainage.
The wider scheme to improve Peel Park is being led by Lancashire County Council's Remade in Lancashire programme in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council, Groundwork Pennine Lancashire and Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The projects that have been identified follow extensive public consultation that took place in May 2008 and the completion of a masterplan for Peel Park. Groundwork Pennine Lancashire has led on the design for the project with JN Bentley appointed as the main contractors for the works.