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Residents join forces with councils in plans for country park

LOCAL residents have joined forces with the town and parish councils to help move forward with plans for ‘Shurnhold Fields’ – a new mini country park on the site of the former George Ward School playing fields.

The two councils are hopeful that interested residents will help form a new group – ‘Friends of Shurnhold Fields’ – that will help with the development of the area and ongoing maintenence.

A first meeting was held last month and Teresa Strange, clerk for Melksham Without Parish Council said, “There were lots of good ideas for the space, and it was a chance for residents to express any concerns and let others know what is important to them.”

Residents were also invited to visit the site with councillors to explore the area and make more suggestions for the vision of ‘Shurnhold Fields’. Melksham News joined the residents on the tour to capture their thoughts and ideas for the green space – many praised the idea as a haven for Melksham’s wildlife and a space for families to enjoy. However, some locals expressed concern about the history of flooding on the site, calling for a clear maintenence plan to be produced.

The ‘Friends of Shurnhold Fields’ meeting that was due to be held on Wednesday 11th July at St Barnabas Church in Beanacre has been postponed to avoid clashing with England’s World Cup semi-final match. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly. To subscribe to the mailing list, send your details to: clerk@melkshamwithout.co.uk OR clare.harris@melksham town.co.uk

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