A MULTI-million pound scheme that would have changed the look of a park has been amended after reservations were expressed.

Harrogate councillors have rejected several proposals for Valley Gardens, in the town centre, including the construction of a teen area, converting the existing toilet block into a classroom and relocating the rose garden.

Local councillor David Simister said: "I'm all for restoring and enhancing parts of this wonderful public park that have fallen into disrepair, but some of the ideas that were being put forward would have totally changed the look and feel of the whole place.

"Last year, the Valley Gardens helped Harrogate win the European floral crown and what is needed is a scheme to restore and enhance what we have already got, as well as making certain changes to improve security."

The scheme was mooted in 2002 and a slimmed down version will be debated by the council cabinet later this month.