Damaged Newbury park set to be restored

A Berkshire town park left damaged after recent heavy rainfall and a fair will be fully restored, a council says.

Newbury's Northcroft Park hosted the annual Michaelmas Fair last week.

But because of the wet weather over the past two weeks the ground suffered from vehicles and equipment being moved in and out of the site.

West Berkshire Council said it would level and re-seed the area once the Environment Agency's flood defence scheme was completed next spring.

A council spokesperson said: "Some of this work [on the park] will be carried out shortly, but it does not make sense to restore those areas where flood defence work will be carried out.

"Once that work is completed, the remainder of the grass area of the park will be re-instated.

"The work will be paid for by the bond from the fair organisers, held by the council for such eventualities."

The fair opened last Wednesday and finished on Saturday.

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