Horseshoe Lake is set to benefit from a number of simple upgrades which will focus on improving facilities for users, while enhancing the natural character of the site.
Following public feedback, if approved, the new approach will focus on small scale improvements rather than larger scale redevelopment and will ensure nearby Special Protection Areas (SPA) will remain protected.
The proposed upgrades will include:
- free formalised onsite parking
- an opportunity for a small seasonal catering facility
- enhanced landscaping, offering the opportunity for natural play and discovery in line with Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) status
- improved path surfacing and routes to assist with access
- the retention of the existing water sports activities
The council’s parks and countryside staff are updating the site management plan, which if approved will sensitively deliver these site enhancements and maximise the public’s enjoyment of the open space.
Cllr John Harrison, executive member for culture, delivery and public protection, said:
“A number of concerns were raised regarding earlier proposals to develop Horseshoe Lake into a country park. We have listened to these concerns and as a result have reviewed our plans for the site.
“The new proposals will see landscaping upgraded to provide children with a better play and discovery experience, an opportunity for a small seasonal refreshment outlet, as well as improved free parking spaces and access.
“The improvements will be similar to those seen in our other open spaces and will provide existing visitors with an enhanced experience.”
If given the go ahead, the first project will seek to connect the existing water sports building to mains drainage. This will aim to complete before April this year, with the other projects to be staggered over the next 12 to 18 months, to minimise impact on wildlife and give new plants the best opportunity to establish.
Disruption for visitors will be minimal and the area will remain accessible as the enhancements are put in place.
Visit the Horseshoe Lake information pages to find out more about the proposed enhancements.