For Councillors in Grantham, the historic Wyndham Park is the jewel in the crown of South Kesteven. Most people in the Deepings have never heard of Wyndham Park, let alone visit the park, and I suspect they would be surprised to hear how much attention the park is given by the communications team at SKDC.
Please fill in the online Wyndham Park survey, regardless of how much you know about the park. It presents an opportunity to feedback to SKDC about open spaces in general and to suggest they might be able to give more attention to green spaces in Bourne, Stamford and the Deepings.
In the last 18 months, there have been around 20 press releases relating to events and activities at Wyndham Park including two relating to surveys relating to people’s views about the park. A survey was carried out in July 2017 and another is being carried out this month (July 2018). It is no surprise that no survey has been undertaken regarding the council’s green and open spaces around the rest of the district including Jubilee Park in Deeping St James and Greenlands in Market Deeping which are both owned and managed by SKDC.
Wyndham Park has been awarded Green Flag status, it has had a series of public events including forest schools, easter egg hunts, May pole dancing etc.
The reason for the communications team focus on Wyndham Park to the exclusion of almost all else is the obligation to the National Lottery who have donated almost a million pounds to the restoration of the park.
Here is the text of the most recent press release issued this week by
“People are being asked to comment on restoration and improvement work being carried out that will establish Wyndham Park, Grantham, as one of the best public parks in the East Midlands.
South Kesteven District Council’s award-winning park is being revitalised thanks to a £818,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery.
Anyone who would like to know more about how the HLF grant is being used, and the improvements being made, can go to the Morrisons Centre between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday 14 July where a survey can be completed and council officers will be on hand to answer questions.
The survey is also available at http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wyndham2018 or by calling 01476 406502 to request a paper copy.
In total, the project to restore the park to its former glory as a World War One memorial park is costing more than £1million.
Changes include the provision of a new visitors’ centre with public toilets, and restoration of the park’s Memorial Arch, Memorial Shelter and Ticket Office. Seating, signage and security are also being improved.
SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Retail and Visitor Economy, Cllr Nick Robins, said: “The changes will make the park a place that can be enjoyed all year round.
“There is not long to go with the restoration and we are on schedule, but we still value the public’s opinion. We are keen to find out what local people think of the improvements that have been made, and those that are nearing completion.”
The conclusion of the work will be marked with a Dawn of a New Era opening ceremony from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 9 September.
For media enquiries: Email the SKDC communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01476 406457 or 406440.”