After many years of hard work at last we seem to be making progress about Bedford Park. A packed meeting at the Portland pub on Thursday21 June saw local residents discuss suggestions for the development of the Park-which was the original site of the Birkdale Golf Club.
Let us be clear the first concern of the residents and park users was security. Sadly far a long time the park has attracted youths who delight getting drunk and being abusive. Almost everyone want assurances that if investment was to be made in the Park better security arrangements will be put in hand. I am by no means certain that the meeting was satisfied with the suggestions that came from the police and the council's park management team nevertheless the issue is now clearly on the agenda and the police and Sefton security will be judged by their actions. Simon Shaw and I are to meet the new district Police Inspector and this will be one of the matters under discussion.
We moved on to the facilities in the park. At present three are football pitches and a bowling green and associated buildings. The children's play area is very run down and is nor secure. Finally there is a great army of dog walkers.
In addition there was clear pressure for a cricket square. There is a very successful team that plays out of the pub but they have to travel to Burscough to get a pitch. The present plans have pencilled in a new cricket provision at Portland Street rec, but this is on the old tip and slopes and drains badly. The cricket folk much prefer the sandy soil of Bedford Park which has changing facilities and maintenance on site for the bowlers and footballers.
It was a great meeting with lots of new suggestions. At the end of the meeting we set up a new group 'Friends of Bedford Park' to take the project forward. More will follow on this website including links to the feedback site for local residents and park users who want to voice their ideas.