THE Cranford Park Friends group is being re-launched, with the preservation of its ancient buildings an immediate priority.
The Gazette reported in August how park users wanted to recruit a new friends group. The last one disbanded in 2008. Since then, more than 50 park users have expressed an interest, and the first meeting has been arranged for October 17 at 7.30pm, at Harlington Community School, Pinkwell Lane, Hayes.
The new group will work with the council to enhance the facilities, conserve the natural beauty and wildlife and promote the heritage of the 144-acre park, on the border with Hounslow.
The meeting will be chaired by Hayes and Harlington Labour MP John McDonnell, who said: “With cuts in expenditure on parks and the weakening of green belt and open space protections, now is the time to have a friends group.”
High on the agenda will be the worsening condition of the Grade II listed buildings, including the stables, once part of Cranford House.
Bob Barton (pictured), of Colbrook Avenue, Hayes, who was instrumental in resurrecting the group, said: “If repairs are not carried out and these buildings continue to deteriorate they will be an irreplaceable loss to the community. I hope we get a good turnout to show the authorities everyone values them and the park.”
If you are interested in joining the Cranford Park Friends, email Mr Barton at email@example.com.