Works have started at a park in Rawtenstall and visitors have been asked to expect some disruption.

On Monday (March 11) contractors started work at Whitaker Park, which includes upgrades to paths, improving drainage and resurface a car park.

The work is expected to last around eight to 10 weeks.

Councillor Liz McInnes, who is also a member of Friends of Whitaker Park, said she is glad to see the works “finally happening” but says there will be some disruption.

She said: "As a local councillor and also a member of Friends of Whitaker Park I've been very involved in the masterplan for our park and sorting out the drainage issues is our main priority so it's good to see it finally happening.

“I also welcome the resurfacing of the lower car park which should make parking easier for our visitors. It's great to see the aims and ambitions of the masterplan being acted on.

"Obviously there will be some disruption for visitors to the park whilst these works are carried out but the park should be much improved as a result."

Rossendale Council is working alongside community interest company Proffitts – Investing in Communities, a group which aims to support local communities but helping them to improve their environment.

It has warned that construction machinery will be moving around the park

A spokesperson said: “Please note that construction work to upgrade paths, improve drainage and resurface a car park will be taking place at Whitaker Park in the coming months.

"Work will start the week commencing March 11 and will last approximately eight to 10 weeks.

“During this time, construction machinery will be moving around the park – so please take extra care on site at all times.”

A draft of 'masterplan for improvements' was shared with park users and residents in Spring 2023 and it outlined some of the changes that could be made within Whitaker Park.

People were invited to take part in a survey, asking for feedback about which improvements people would like to see at the park, which was open until February 29.