BURY Council has announced plans to invest £100,000 on improvements to Burrs Countryside Park.

Planning applications are to be submitted shortly for the overflow carpark, public toilets, upgrading the café, accommodation and function space in the cottages and for a glamping site in the former high ropes area. Further investment will be required in the future to realise the park’s full potential.

The number of people visiting Burrs has increased dramatically over the last few years and even more so in the last 12 months due to Covid restrictions, with car parking becoming a real issue.

The overflow car park was originally designed for use in the summer for one-off events and opening it more regularly last summer resulted in the surface becoming churned up and cars getting stuck.

According to the council, the upgrade to the café and the holiday accommodation will "build on the success of the Caravan and Motorhome Club site and the popular Lamppost Café and improve the overall offer to visitors".

The investment comes on the back of a successful bid by the Friends of Burrs to the Heritage Lottery Fund which has paid for the writing of a business plan for Burrs by a specialist consultant that will drive future developments.

The plan has identified areas for investment that will generate the income needed for the upkeep and maintenance of Burrs.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I am so excited about the investment at Burrs, just one of our many Green Flag parks. The first phase of implementing the Business Plan will put Burrs on a sound financial footing and help in its aspiration to become a regional visitor attraction as well as giving a boost to the local economy through increased visitor spending at local businesses.”