Improvements for Raunds park will include new car park

The country park at Warth Park in Raunds
The country park at Warth Park in Raunds

Improvements including a new car park and bins are being made to a park in Raunds.

Roxhill Developments has been responsible for phase two of Warth Park in Raunds since 2010, including creating a 34-acre park for people in the area.

More than 30,000 new trees, shrubs and hedges have been planted there, but several residents contacted the developers to see if some dog waste and litter bins could be provided.

Development director for Roxhill Simon Williams has said bins will be installed in the next few weeks, alongside a number of other improvements which are in the pipeline.

Mr Williams said the park is really well used by residents, but added: “Initially people didn’t want a car park so we were advised to not provide a car park.

“The idea was to encourage people to walk there and not drive there.

“We then had an approach from Raunds Town Council and a couple of people from Raunds saying they would really like to visit it but didn’t have anywhere to park so we are in the process of building a car park.”

As well as the new car park and bins being installed, Mr Williams said work has started on the Asda store at the entrance to the logistics and business park.

He said: “We finish the building in February next year and then it will probably be about six weeks after that to fit it out.”

It is hoped the new store may be ready to open by the start of May.

Asda will be another addition to Warth Park, which is already home to DPD, Dr Martens AirWair, DSV and a facility is currently under construction for Howden Joinery Group Plc.

Due to the anticipated success of Howdens’ relocation to Warth Park, the company wants to expand its operations with two further facilities.

Roxhill is aware of the sensitivities of these proposals, particularly with Meadow Lane, so if the proposed development won approval, Roxhill has said it will undertake further improvements to the surrounding area.

These would include improvements to Meadow Lane, an additional country park and the proposed green bridge/underpass would be completed before any construction work takes place.

A statement recently posted on the Raunds Town Council website says the new dog waste bins will be emptied on a weekly basis and there will be five bins located through the park.

Litter bins will also be put in through the estate to ensure it is litter-free.

The statement also says: “We are also working on a number of proposals to improve the visitor experience to the country park which will tie in with the installation of the parking spaces, such as information signs.”