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A new Strategic Framework for Telford Town Park has been launched and sets out a ten-year vision for the Town Park which recognises the special quality of the site and looks to building upon existing successes and meet new national and local priorities.

Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom:

Covering 150 hectares Telford Town Park is the largest green space in the borough with formal play areas, 13 pools and ponds, historic and industrial landmarks, formal gardens, sports and leisure facilities, the Visitor Centre and Queen Elizabeth 11 Arena. The park is also a designated Country Park and Local Nature Reserve.

The 2023 Framework will provide a basis for future funding bids and has been developed through consultation with a range of stakeholders as well as members of the public via a Visitor Survey in 2022.  Survey findings identified that people are visiting the park more frequently and high levels of satisfaction with the facilities and activities on offer including the formal gardens, maintained by the Friends of Telford Town Park and the events programme.

Six key aims for Telford Town Park have been identified in the Strategic Framework: 

•More accessible and connected 

•More engaging and inclusive:  work to reduce social and physical barriers and invest in important physical infrastructure, extend the events and activities to make the Town Park a year-round attraction

•Improving health and wellbeing

•Enhance biodiversity and heritage: protecting and enhancing the built and natural heritage of the Town Park and supporting a greater range of people to have more contact with the built and natural heritage 

•More sustainable management: look to secure investment in the Town Park and introduce new commercial activities where they will enhance the offer 

•Contributing to a carbon neutral borough: a sustainable approach to managing the Park in line with the council’s Carbon Reduction Management Plan 

The Strategic Framework identifies potential future opportunities and does not commit the council to a course of action.  This Framework supports the council to achieve its following priorities: 

•Every child, young person and adult lives well in their community 

•Our natural environment is protected and the council has a leading role in addressing the climate emergency

•Everyone benefits from a thriving economy  

Councillor Carolyn Healy (Labour), Telford & Wrekin Council Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Green Spaces, Heritage and Leisure said: 

“The Framework proposes a ‘vision’ for Telford Town Park , that it is an accessible, connected and inclusive green space that improves health and wellbeing, provides connection to nature and heritage for local and regional visitors and contributes to a carbon neutral borough.’ 

This vision allows us to work with partners, seek investment and continue to deliver projects that will benefit our residents as well as visitors to the borough. The Town Park is such an asset to our borough and the strategic framework will help us to make sure the park continues to meet the needs of our communities.”

Quoted from Telford and Wrekin Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Newsroom – Telford Town Park Strategic Framework launched

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot