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Councils team up to find a solution for Winckley Square drainage problems

July 3rd, 2013

Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council have teamed up to look at how to resolve the drainage problems in the park at Winckley Square.

Investigations are being undertaken in partnership with the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC) and Groundwork as they prepare to launch their vision for the Square in August.

The investigations will begin in the park in early July and will lead to solutions being found to reduce the likelihood of flooding.

The work is being carried out as part of a longer term project to restore the historic park and increase its usage and accessibility.

Once all the tests are carried out, the team will prepare a report with the findings then presented to representatives from the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC), the not-for-profit group set up to spearhead the revival of the square, and environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork, which joined the WSCIC in March 2013.

The recommendations from this report will be used by WSCIC to help shape the vision for the Georgian square currently being prepared by the Groundwork.

Mark Clarkson, a director of WSCIC, said: “What underpins our vision for Winckley Square is to make it more usable. We acknowledge that the gardens have a natural bowl shape which compounds flooding and we need to understand the options available to minimise it. Ultimately this will assist us in achieving our vision of increasing the number of people using the space and encouraging investment into the Square.

“It is fantastic to have both Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council working together to conduct this specialist and technical piece of work. We appreciate that there could be some minor disruption during this period, but it is essential that we have this information if we are to support the wishes of the community for a sympathetic restoration of the Square.”

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