Plan for new visitor facilities is unveiled

Unveiling of plaque at Lyme and Wood country park
Unveiling of plaque at Lyme and Wood country park

PLANS have been submitted to St Helens Council to develop new visitor facilities at the Lyme and Wood country park.

Last month the park, on the pit site between Haydock and Newton-le-Willows, was officially opened by ex Saints and Great Britain player Paul Loughlin.

The new visitor facilities will include a new access route off Vista Road with car parking, a children’s play area, a picnic area, outdoor classroom and accommodation for a prak ranger.

Cory Environmental, who have gradually phased out landfill tipping at the site since taking it over in 2003, have committed to employing a ranger on the site to get the country park up and running.

More than 85 per cent of the site - which already includes a heritage trail, mining memorial and fishing pools - is now open to the public and more than 100,000 trees have been planted across the site.

Gerald Owen, Cory Environmental’s senior planning manager said “Providing these visitor facilities and the ranger is the next stage in developing the newly-created country park.

“We have spent several years reclaiming the old derelict colliery spoil mounds at the site, transforming it from an eyesore into a valuable asset for the local community to enjoy for years to come.

“The new facilities and Ranger service will serve to enhance the use of the park and develop an interest in the site’s history, wildlife and ecology.”

The plans for the new facilities are now being considered by St Helens Council.