Monitor Ryelands Park more closely, say 700 plus

Kamilla Elliott (right) pictured with fellow resident Anna Carney following complaints about the state of Ryelands Park during an event last September.
Kamilla Elliott (right) pictured with fellow resident Anna Carney following complaints about the state of Ryelands Park during an event last September.

More than 700 people living close to or regularly using Ryelands Park have signed a petition asking the city council to monitor the use of the popular green space more closely.

The names, including those of children, were due to be handed to the council before tonight’s council meeting at Morecambe Town Hall.

This has now been postponed until September due to a lack of time to debate the subject.

Kamilla Elliott, who lives in Torrisholme Road, has been fighting for more regulation over the use of Ryelands Park for events such as fairs and circuses since last summer.

The petition asks the council to keep commercial use of the park to five days in a 30-day period and 20 days a year in total, to reduce noise levels and the use of heavy machinery, to enforce curvews on events and to treat the park equally compared to other local facilities.

Kamilla said: “We have made progress in getting the council to care more for the park and have been granted permission to submit a petition bearing more than 700 signatures to the council asking for better regulation of commercial events and a better balance between them and peaceful use of our green space.”

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for open spaces, said: “I very much welcome the spirit of this petition as it shows the level of passion for Ryelands Park, but I absolutely refute the assertion that there is any sort of ‘class discrimination’ between any of our parks.

“All of our parks are for the whole community, no matter where in the district you may live. We care deeply for them all and each has certain characteristics that means they are more suitable for particular uses.

“The range of events that take place on Ryelands would simply not be possible on any other piece of council land within Lancaster and we know that they are enjoyed by very many people.

“We do, however, need to be a ‘good neighbour’ to those living nearby and take all possible steps to reduce the level of disruption that may occur.

“We also work closely with the Friends of Ryelands Park to identify where further improvements can be made and this has led to the creation of a masterplan to transform the park into a place which is more inviting and offers something special for everyone.”