Letchworth park to undergo repair work

PATHWAYS at a renovated park are to be relaid after wearing away.

A �2.7m refurbishment of Howard Park and Gardens in Letchworth GC was completed in March but Steve Geach, the parks and countryside development manager at North Herts District Council (NHDC), has said some of the pathways will have to be resurfaced.

Councillors raised concerns about the state of the paths in Howard Gardens at a Letchworth GC area committee.

Cllr Lorna Kercher said: “It’s causing a lot more trouble than we anticipated. I think we’ve done a good job but there are a few things we need to sort out, particularly those stones.”

Area committee chairman Cllr David Levett added: “That’s the biggest concern I have had from people is the paths in the gardens.”

Vandals have struck at the park a number of times since its opening and Cllr David Kearns has suggested installing a youth shelter in the park so young people who use the area have a designated meeting place.

Mr Geach said: “It’s something we’re looking at but it would have to be in keeping with the park and be robust enough to not get burnt.”

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An NHDC spokesman said: “There will be an end of year inspection of all of the works and pathways in Howard Park and Gardens with the contractors who carried out the renovation of the site. Any potential problems that are highlighted by the inspection will be rectified by the contractors at no additional cost to the council.”