Community group wants to have working toilets at Wellingborough park

Bovis Homes presenting a cheque to the Castle Fields Community Group in Wellingborough
Bovis Homes presenting a cheque to the Castle Fields Community Group in Wellingborough

A community group set up to improve and look after a town park wants to secure working toilets for the green space.

The Castle Fields Community Group (CFCG) was set up in 2012 to help improve the amenities and facilities of Castle Fields in Wellingborough, as well as improve safety and security and encourage more people to use it.

It has seen numerous successes since then, and a number of these from the past 12 months were recognised at the group’s annual meeting.

Improvements during the past year include the replacement and installation of new bins, the Chester Road bridge has been repaired and repainted, Wellingborough Norse has painted all the benches, and holes have been repaired in the footpaths.

The introduction of the Street Watch group, which has seen volunteers trained by the police for the role, has led to people feeling safer there.

There have also been more events held at the park, including open-air concerts, a dog show and a Clean for the Queen event.

But as well as looking back at their achievements, the group has set itself three main priorities for the coming year.

The first is to secure working toilets in the park and to put a case to Wellingborough Council and Norse for the short-term repair of the existing buildings for this and to enable access to a changing room or changing facility.

The second is to hold more events and activities in the park, including finding the talent and funds to hold a range of Sunday concerts and activities there.

They also want to work with the council to ensure the upgrading of the park’s play areas.

And the third priority is to work with the council, Norse and the police to continue their efforts to improve the safety and security of the park.

They want to address concerns about the safety of fencing and hedges around the park, to install a fence or railings to reduce safety issues for children chasing balls rolling into the brook and enabling the installation of CCTV in the park, particularly in the bandstand and around the buildings when repaired.

Group chairman Marion Turner-Hawes is stepping down from the role but will continue as part of the group.

The annual report compiled by herself and group secretary Karon Turner-Hawes said: “I just want to say thank you to all the committee and CFCG members this year for all your hard work.

“It is true we can achieve great things when we choose to work together.”

For more details on the group, search for Castle Fields Community Group on Facebook.