Pinner Memorial Park has lost its Green Flag status after judges found too many problems with it.
The prestigious Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces.
Allocated judges completed an assessment of the park and ultimately ruled it unfit for the award, labelling the park as “tired”, saying that there was a “lack of ‘ownership’ and true commitment to this valuable park.”
Among some of Green Flag’s biggest concerns were the park’s health, safety and security measures.
The judges felt that, because the park is not locked at night, lighting needed to be brighter for residents that walk through it at night. They also suggested having CCTV cameras installed at access points to make visitors feel safer, and claimed that the location of the toilets on site was very unclear.
The body also labelled the Chapel Lane Car Park entrance and approach as “poor”, recommending removal of galvanised barriers and extending the square wooden posts.
Despite ultimately ruling against giving the 68-year-old park a Green Flag Award, the judges acknowledged the space’s positive traits.
These positives were mainly in relation to the Heath Robinson Museum, which they said “appeared to be very actively engaging with the community, with a good range of interpretational and educational activity.”
They also drew reference to the “well run” café and labelled both that and the Museum as excellent attractions for the historic park and added: “There is understanding of the very diverse community in the catchment and provision of fitness, play and leisure activities.”
To look at Green Flag’s full report, search http://www.pinnerassociation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pinner-memorial-park.pdf
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