Riverside picnic area set for new lease of life

Villagers have big plans for their riverside picnic area, which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

The picnic area, in a picturesque spot off Station Road in Barkston, was neglected by former owners but the parish council wants to spruce up the site and give it a new start. 

South Kesteven district councillor Ian Stokes is providing a £500 Ward Member Grant to kick-start the £6,250 fundraising needed to get the project moving. 

Cllr Stokes said: "The parish council initiated this revamp of the area. There have been issues with its condition and I'm pleased this grant will be the catalyst to help them start planning the work. 

"The picnic table is in no condition to use - so there is a clear plan of action. There will also be a new litter bin to ensure the area remains an attractive place to relax." 

Other work could include replanting of suitable vegetation, improving the riverside area and better signposting. 

Parish council chairman Cllr Miss Maryan Nussey said: "The parish council needs to clear the site, improve the car parking area and its surroundings and replace the dilapidated picnic table, which has definitely seen better days. 

"We are also planning to install a height barrier to prevent large vehicles pulling in and damaging the car park surface. 

"It's an amenity used by residents and visitors alike and we're hoping to use some of the money on tidying the general area too." 

The balance of the cost will be met by Barkston and Syston Parish Council.

 Pic: Cllr Ian Stokes (centre) with Parish Clerk Malcolm Hall and Parish Council Chairman Maryan Nussey