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DISABLED ACCESS: Garston petitioner says she’s ‘over the moon’ with Lea Farm improvements

 Published on: 28th February 2020   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Following a report made in GarstonNews last year, improvements are being made to Lea Farm Recreation Park. 

A petition last year was started to make the park easier to navigate. Watford Borough Council took the petition feedback onboard and has started making changes.

The e-petition was made by a Garston resident who is physically impaired in hopes to make the park disability-friendly. 

The local resident, Karen Bell uses a mobility scooter to walk her Jack Russell, Poppy, and said that lack of paths made it difficult to navigate around the park. 

An investment of £100,000 was approved by Watford Borough Council to improve the park.

A perimeter path will be built to join up existing paths to ensure that wheelchairs or mobility scooters can access the park and get around safely. 

Karen said: “I’m over the moon. Garston Park gets a lot of money spent on it, smaller parks often get forgotten about. It shows what people power can do. I think it was a really important issue, not just for me but for the whole community. 

“I’m just waiting for an onsite meeting with Tim Williams who’s in charge of parks, he’s brilliant. My next stage is keeping an eye on the park to make sure it’s done before October this year. I don’t want it to be bottom of the list, in the grand scheme of things it’s not a massive job.

“I can’t wait to visit the park once it’s done. At the moment I can’t walk Poppy over there because I get stuck in the mud. It will make life so much easier when it’s completed.”

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