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New look planned for Brinton Park: Victorian with a modern twist

Plans to revive the lost heritage of Kidderminster’s landmark Brinton Park will be the focus of a community meeting next week. (NOV 30, 6pm)

The Heritage Lottery Fund project seeks to reinstate lost landmarks of the park which have disappeared over recent decades.

Ideas already under discussion are a new pavilion with cafe and toilets, a lake and bridge feature, an amphitheatre in front of the bandstand, a new World War I memorial and improved signs, parking and lights.

Picture courtesy of Wyre Forest District Council gallery

Wyre Forest District Council is leading the scheme, buoyed by a positive public survey last summer which overwhelmingly supported the plan.

The public meeting is at Kidderminster Town Hall on Wednesday 30 November at 6pm to further discuss the plans.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of the Council, said:

“We are proposing to restore many of the heritage aspects of the park which have been lost over time.

We need to consider maintenance costs while creating a modern space which is great for the community. The meeting is open to everyone to come along and tell us their views on the proposed plans for the park.”

Brinton Park was gifted to the town by the Brinton family and opened in 1887 to provide open space for recreation and wellbeing. Over the last 129 years the park has been the centre for many significant events and celebrations.

Julian Brinton is backing the project and will be at the meeting. He said:

“For over 200 years the Brinton family have felt passionate about the town of Kidderminster and cherished the people who live there.

That is still the case today and we are thrilled to be working with the council to help bring about improvements to Brinton Park.

“The proposals have been brilliantly thought through and are totally in keeping with the existing park and will radically improve the facilities available to families and visitors.  We hope we can encourage as many people as possible to support this project and ensure the protection and improvement of the parklands of Kidderminster.”

The council is keen to involve the community and is teaming up with local groups including the 21st Kidderminster Scout Group that currently meets in the park and hopes to use the new facilities for their activities.

Stephanie Searl, Cub Scout Leader and Executive Committee lead for KD21 Scout Hut said:
“We are delighted to be involved in the project.  Brinton Park is an important meeting place for the scouts and we want to carry on this tradition.  It is great that the scouts are able to input into the ideas for the park and we would encourage residents to come along to the meeting and find out more.“

The meeting is open to everyone and is expected to finish by 8pm.  The council plans to make the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in Spring 2017.

Jane Haynes
Former newspaper journalist and news editor, turned public sector PR, now studying for a Master's in multiplatform journalism. Wyrelife is a new, local investigative news website for Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport and Wyre Forest. My aim is to hold people and organisations to account to try to make my little bit of England a better informed, better place.