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Town council takes over running of two Canvey beauty spots
10:30am Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
TWO popular beauty spots on Canvey seafront could be revitalised after coming under new management.
A two-year battle to take over the running of the Bumblebee Park and Labworth Memorial Gardens, off Furtherwick Road, has finally ended after Canvey Town Council officially adopted responsibility for the sites from Castle Point Council this week.
The move could pave the way for new schemes to make the areas more attractive to visitors.
Discussions are already being made to create new pathways to provide better access for visitors and, for the first time, a go-between the two green spaces.
Councillor Doreen Anderson, vice-chairman of the town council, said: “We are delighted this has gone ahead. Hopefully it will lead to us not only keeping the gardens in lovely condition but also carrying out improvements to make the areas nicer for the community by decorating them the way Islanders want.
“Castle Point Council has so much responsibility taking care of the whole borough. This way we can be wholly devoted to this one project which one of the great benefits of having a town council.”
The two garden areas were originally installed by the Canvey 2000 Project.
Castle Point councillor Colin Riley, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Bumblebee Park is a lasting legacy to Canvey’s environmental importance. Its creation was a true community effort with residents involved at every stage of the planning and design and children from local schools creating paving slabs for inclusion in the garden.
“The bumblebee sculpture is symbolic of the rare shrill carder bee whose habitat on the island is considered to be the most important in south-east England.”
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