Kettering gardens to be improved in bid to beat anti-social behaviour

Westfield Gardens, situated on the edge of Meadow Road Park (pictured) in Kettering are to be improved
Westfield Gardens, situated on the edge of Meadow Road Park (pictured) in Kettering are to be improved

Work to make some ‘overgrown and enclosed’ gardens at the edge of a Kettering park more open, in a bid to beat anti-social behaviour, are to be carried out.

Kettering Council says it is aiming to make Westfield Gardens, situated at the east edge of Meadow Road Park near Kettering town centre, more attractive so members of the public can better enjoy them.

A spokesman for the council said: “Over the years, the area has become overgrown and enclosed, which may have contributed to attracting anti-social behaviour.

“The measures to address community safety issues will involve removing some trees, hedges and bushes as well as some pruning and tidying. This will ensure the historic Westfield House will be able to be seen from Meadow Road Public Open Space.”

Nearby residents, particularly those living at Westfield House will still see some trees but will also be able to see the whole public open space down to Northfield Avenue.

Residents of the nearby sheltered accommodation at The Lawns will also have a more open area to walk through as they go to and from their homes.

The council says once this work has been carried out the whole area will be reviewed and a design prepared for future planting as well as appropriate repairs to any retained terraces, steps or retaining walls.

The spokesman added: “The desire is to retain the main central steps and the main paths at each side, although the smaller steps may be removed.”

Guy Holloway, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “As well as the benefit to local residents, the work to Westfield Gardens will also benefit town centre visitors.

“It provides a nearby green space where they can relax, have a picnic and let their children play on the adjacent play area.”

Councillor Mark Dearing, Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “We are confident that the proposed work will indeed improve the area for town centre visitors and local residents as well as opening this valuable green space”.