PLANS to improve St Mary’s Lands in Warwick received the green light by Warwick District Council last night.
A report was submitted by Warwick District Council with the support of ten other parties to carry out improvements to the area in an attempt to attract more people to visit the town.
The improvements include developing a management and maintenance plan to improve the landscape, drainage and increase biodiversity.
Funding will be provided to enhance the frontage of Hill Close Gardens, a cycle link connecting will be constructed and improvements to pedestrian access, footpaths and parking will be made.
There will also be a new play area built on the site adjacent to the Forbes estate and modifications to the toilet facilities at the Golf Club and Racing Club Warwick will be made to allow for public access.
A new entrance to the racecourse will also be built after the Jockey Club proposed to replace its existing turn-style building.
The overall scheme will cost £741,000 of which £319,000 would be paid for by Warwick District Council with the remaining funding coming from other stakeholders and grants.
It is estimated the first phase of works will begin next year.
Coun Noel Butler, who is a member of the St Mary’s Land working party, said: “St Mary’s Lands is a very special place.
“The driving force behind our plans is to create a publicly accessible open space for everyone to enjoy.
“However in doing this we also need to be able to support the many and varied businesses and stakeholders based there.”
Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, Leader of Warwick Town Council added: “I strongly believe that our plans will not only improve the access and enjoyment for local people but will bring a huge boost to the town’s economy.”