Council consults with residents over future improvements to Longford Park

Residents have been telling us what improvements they would like to see at Stretford’s historic Longford Park.

Around 150 people attended a public consultation on the future of the park at Trafford Athletics Stadium’s Longford Suite on Tuesday evening.

We are working with City of Trees, The Friends of Longford Park and consultants AECOM to develop a vision and masterplan to guide the park’s continued improvement and secure its sustained success in the long term.

The event was an opportunity for park users of all ages to comment on an initial draft masterplan for the park and give their views on how the park can be improved to meet modern needs. The aim is to develop a masterplan that is the product of consultation with local people and stakeholders and one which can form the basis of a funding bid to the National Lottery Fund for Heritage later this year.

People who attended asked the council for a number of changes – to find a new use for the park’s stable blocks, more space for community activity and improvements to the former Longford Hall building. There were also views put forward regarding parking and access and continuing to enhance the park’s nature and biodiversity value and improve drainage through more natural solutions.

Councillor Steve Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, stated:

The event was a great chance for residents to put forward their views. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend.

Longford Park is a major asset for Stretford and Trafford in terms of its open space and environmental role, but also in terms of local history, culture, health and wellbeing, place shaping, play, sport and leisure. We were keen for as many people as possible to get involved with this project so that we can develop a really strong plan and bid.”

We will now compile the information given by residents to help form a plan for future changes to the park.

You can access the survey for Longford Park to have your say. 

Posted on Thursday 7th March 2019