Restoration work gets a cash boost

THE transformation of a Thornhill park has taken a step forward, thanks to a grant of nearly £31,000.

Waste firm SITA are providing the cash to improve public access at the lower end of Rectory Park.

It will pay for a small replacement footbridge over the medieval moat of the former Thornhill Hall.

The timber structure will feature unstepped access to help disabled people, the infirm or those with pushchairs.

There will also be a new footpath and refurbishment of the remaining steps to the bridge.

At present, visitors have to walk through mud to reach the bridge, making it unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues.

Footpaths from the Hall Lane entrance along the west side of the moat will also be resurfaced.

The SITA cash, totalling £30,983, is the latest of several boosts for those involved in restoring the park.

A wildlife project gained lottery funding of £47,700 last year while plans for the renovation of the Grade-II remains of Thornhill Hall are ongoing.

Kirklees Council leader Coun David Sheard said work on the bridge and paths is expected to start in August or September.

He said: “I would like to thank the SITA Trust for this funding. It will make a big difference to facilities in Rectory Park.

“It also demonstrates how we will have to work in the future, seeking new sources of finance to enhance the council’s services.”

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