South Kesteven District Council is inviting people to have their say on Dysart Park, the scene of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacon lighting and now vying for coveted Green Flag status.

Running until 31 July, the public survey asks people for their views on Dysart Park, which now has new bandstand railings and a commemorative Jubilee bench thanks to Grantham steel fabricator specialists Roll and Scroll.

The consultation includes questions on why people visit, the condition of the park and satisfaction with the facility. They will also be asked to identify any improvements they would like to see.

Cllr Rosemary Trollope Bellew, SKDC Cabinet member for Culture and Visitor Economy said: “Dysart Park welcomed hundreds of people for the Jubilee beacon event, and we would love them to give us their feedback. The park is an oasis of both formal and informal green space in the centre of town, a resource much loved by local people, and can now claim another golden chapter in its history.

“We know how important it is for people to have free and unlimited access to green open spaces – particularly when times are tough, and the cost of living is increasing day by day.

“Participating in our consultation will help to illustrate demand for the park and its facilities and influence improvements going forward. Feedback will contribute towards the Council’s application for a Green Flag award, so we are keen that as many people as possible use this opportunity to have their say.”

To take part, participants can either paste the following weblink into their browser

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June 17, 2022 10.58 am

More than 1,000 flag-waving schoolchildren are expected to line the route of the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay route through Grantham on 11 July.

Relay leg organiser South Kesteven District Council is now urging the public and town businesses to join them and cheer on the 12 batonbearers taking part, including three local runners.

The relay will take around half an hour to complete its 2.2 kilometre route, starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre in Wyndham Park.

Road closures will be in operation on Redcross Street, Castlegate and Avenue Road, with the relay finishing along the Riverside Walk. Residents and businesses along affected roads will receive letters confirming traffic arrangements.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay team is expected to arrive in Grantham soon after 10am, with the relay scheduled to start around 10.30am.

The Grantham relay leg is part of the baton’s 294-day long journey across the Commonwealth, which began on 7 October 2021, visiting all 72 nations before its arrival in Birmingham for the start of the Commonwealth Games on 28 July.

The three local runners carrying the baton in Grantham are cycling campaigner Roy Redman, cancer survivor and campaigner Rachael Bradley and charity fund-raiser Hannah San Jose.

All three have inspiring stories to tell, are making a positive contribution to their community and are among 2,022 batonbearers in total, including school children, athletes, high profile sporting personalities and celebrities.

Any questions on the relay and road closures can be directed to [email protected].

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