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New pitch in Islington Council’s Barnard Park revamp plans

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 October 2015

An artist's impression of how Barnard Park would look after redevelopment, including the new football pitch and green spaces

An artist's impression of how Barnard Park would look after redevelopment, including the new football pitch and green spaces

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Islington’s footballers stand to benefit from plans to overhaul one of the borough’s main parks.

A key part of the development would see Barnard Park’s shabby football pitch replaced by an all-weather facility with floodlights.

It would follow in the footsteps of the new Market Road pitches off Caledonian Road, which were recently opened by Arsenal legend Liam Brady.

The development of Barnard Park, off Copenhagen Street, would also see an improved footpath network, green space for informal use and more seating. It has been supported by Friends of Barnard Park.

Islington Council is now seeking final feedback on its masterplan for the park, following a consultation in autumn last year.

A spokesman said: “We had a huge response [430 questionnaires] to last year’s consultation from the many groups and residents who use the park – some for relaxation and enjoyment; others for sport, exercise and more.

“After careful consideration we believe this masterplan will serve the whole community, balancing a wide range of different uses and needs, including a new ‘village green’.

“The current underused, run-down pitch will be replaced by a state-of-the-art facility with the latest 3G surface, new floodlighting, longer operating hours and more flexible use as a single seven-a-side pitch or two five-a-side pitches. More people will be able to play each day.”

Funding for this first phase of development has already been secured. A second phase of development would see a new entrance, improvements to playground facilities, a community hub building and improvements to the southern entrance.

Public feedback is open until Saturday, October 31. This will be used when the council prepares a planning application, expected to be made early next year. If approved, work could start late next year.

To view the masterplan, visit islington.gov.uk/barnardpark

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