Proposals for a new "pocket park" in Radcliffe are set to be debated today, Monday, in an effort to increase access to community spaces in the town.

The new park, which could be constructed on Stand Lane and Mill Bank, would replace a currently under used plot of land next to the River Irwell.

The proposals include the planting of greenery and improving habitats for wildlife along the Irwell as well as community spaces and a play area for children.

The plans are set to be discussed by members of the Radcliffe Cabinet Committee today ahead of consultations with residents.

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In a project overview document published by the council, it said: “The site is ideally situated at the centre of Radcliffe with furniture, planting and hard surfacing now in poor condition, contributing to its lack of use.

“Ecological features [of the new park] will include opening up access to the River Irwell, planting species along the river and green spaces to improve habitats and engaging the local community with making days and way finding.

“Community features will be locally commissioned artwork to reflect Radcliffe’s identity, community growing spaces, educational opportunities to learn about food and communal seating to allow visitors to meet.”

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The plans also include development of the Radcliffe Route, a pedestrian area which runs adjacent to the River Irwell.

The route which runs from St James Street North to Church Street West, will allow for pedestrian access with increased greenery and an art trail.

The plans propose three options for the new pocket park which take into consideration space for play, ecology and community.

Consultations will take place with community groups, including businesses, schools and allotment groups, asked for their views.

No date has been set for the beginning of the community consultations.