£13m cash injection could transform parks

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MAJOR investment of up to £13m is planned to revamp popular country parks.

Staunton Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve are being lined up for a five-year programme of renovations.

Leaders at Hampshire County Council are considering plans to provide more facilities and activities at the council-run parks in a bid to boost income and make them self-financing.

Plans include sprucing up toilets and cafes, providing new indoor recreation facilities, outdoor play areas, new education venues and changes to car parking.

Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Visitors now expect even higher quality services with new and different things to do. In these difficult financial times, if we want the parks to thrive for generations to come, we must consider how we can work with our partners to address those demands and ensure good value for customers, while maximising income.

‘We also need to ensure that any investment in our country parks would also result in significant longer-term budget savings as they become self-financing.’

A final decision will be made in the new year.