Call for transformative renewal of sensory areas of parks


Labour Councillor proposing officers look at sensory areas as part of a general programme of renewal across the town post-pandemic

A Banbury Town Councillor is calling for a “transformative renewal” of the town’s parks in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Sean Woodcock, the Labour member representing the Ruscote ward, will present a motion at next week’s Town Council meeting calling for this in sensory garden areas within the town.

Councillor Woodcock said: “Sensory garden areas can make our parks more accessible as well as more interesting.

“That is why it is right, as part of a general programme of renewal across the town post-pandemic, that the council commits to looking properly at the issue.”

Councillor Woodcock’s motion notes the positive impact sensory garden areas can have for disabled people.

Close by in Royal Leamington Spa, Jephson Gardens won a Special Award for Innovation from the Green Flag Award Scheme in 2017 for its redesign of its Sensory Garden.   The area includes a mirrored archway, taste garden and colourful planting schemes.   The gardens also hosted Project Sunflower which saw 500 local schoolchildren growing sunflowers as part of a project to encourage children to develop an interest in gardening.

At next Tuesday’s Town Council meeting Councillor Woodcock will propose that the Council’s officers begin work towards a transformative renewal of the sensory areas within the town’s parks.   The motion notes the work would fall within the council’s commitment to the principle of “building back better” from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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