Stage set for Campbell park theatre improvements

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THE Parks Trust is planning to improve facilities at Campbell Park to encourage a wider variety of outdoor events and attract more high profile performers and performances to the city’s central park.

A planning application has been submitted by the charity to Milton Keynes Council for enlarging and improving the Campbell Park amphitheatre.

The plans include building a new 12 x 12 m2 stage area giving a performance space of 144 m2, erecting a permanent canopy to protect performers from rain and shield them from the sun, and creating a gabion wall behind the stage to provide screening and protect neighbouring properties from noise.

Briony Serginson, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “By improving the amphitheatre we can offer a much better experience for visitors and for performers and have greater versatility in the kinds of events that are held there. With national and local celebrations planned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, as well as the return of Milton Keynes’ International Festival, it’s important that Campbell Park’s facilities allow Milton Keynes’ residents and visitors to play a full part in these and future festivities.”

Subject to planning permission, the Trust hopes to start work on the amphitheatre in the New Year and complete the project by May 2012.

The planning application, reference number 11/02637/FUL, can be viewed at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk