Louise Baldock was a Labour Councillor in the city of Liverpool for two terms, 2006 - 2014. This was her award-winning blog, written mainly as a councillor about issues affecting Kensington and Fairfield ward, sometimes as a politician, and sometimes simply personal commentary. Although she thought she might rekindle the blog after May 2015, she has now changed her mind and leaves this as an archive and record.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
It is all happening in Newsham Park on Saturday
On Saturday afternoon, 1st September, local residents are invited to take a stroll around Newsham Park and see for themselves some of the improvements that have been recently carried out. As part of various funding programmes and initiatives, the park, which missed out on Heritage Lottery Funding in 2008, has been slowly making strides and seeing lots of work carried out.
To celebrate, members of Newsham Park Forum, chaired by Kensington and Fairfield Labour Councillor Louise Baldock, are inviting people to come and have a walk round on Saturday afternoon and see some of the developments for themselves.
Louise said “Working together in partnership, local residents, the council, Glendale, City Safe, our popular Friends Group and all the different park users have brought about some great and positive changes. We would love it if visitors took the opportunity to come for a stroll on Saturday afternoon and see for themselves.”
New football pitches have been built to replace those built upon on West Derby Road, these are now served by a brand new pavilion and changing rooms, with fully “accessible” toilets.
The pavilion also boasts a brand new kiosk – the Lake View – which opened last weekend and will be open 7 days a week for those who would like an ice-cream and a cup of tea. This will be open on Saturday of course.
Liverpool Model Boat Club have recently moved to the boating lake making it their permanent home. They will be displaying their model boats during this afternoon.
A new cricket strip was laid down last week for the benefit of local cricketers, it is hoped to have a match playing from 3pm (and maybe the chance for people to have a little practice).
A representative of a local fitness group who workout in the park will be available at the kiosk from noon for half an hour to talk to anyone interested in joining and there is new exercise equipment people can try out, picnic tables where parents can sit while their older children play on the new teen playground. With the help of a local wildlife protection group, SWIPE, floating rafts have been installed on the lakes for the wildfowl to rest safely; there are new signage and information boards, additional tree planting and wild-flower planting and the local school, St Francis of Assisi Academy has adopted the gardens on Denham Drive which they planted up in the Spring. The antique gate posts have been repaired too, while there are plans currently afoot to restore the lights using new solar technology.
A few months ago a performance of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale was very well received too.