A TOWN park will get improvements to benefit visitors including dog walkers.

The designated dog walking area at Dean Bank Recreation Park, in Ferryhill, has already undergone work so owners can let their pets off the leash without worrying that visitors who do not wish to come into contact with loose dogs will be bothered, particularly children and less keen dog owners.

This also offers reassurance to other users of the park which has play areas and sports facilities and is used for town events.

Ferryhill Town Council has thanked Durham County Councillor Brian Avery, who represents the town, for contributing £9,758 from his Neighbourhood Budget monies, via the 4 Together Partnership (area action partnership), towards the project.

A council spokeswoman said: "Improvements have enabled the manufacture and installation of a much needed security fence around the dog walking area, which will ensure the safety of off leash dogs using the facility in the future.

"The project will be completed next year with the installation of kissing gates."

Councillor Avery said: "I am thrilled to have been able to contribute towards this project, which will ensure that the designated dog walking area at Dean Bank Park provides a much safer and secure environment for dogs to run free of their leads.

"It is my intention to help fund further improvements to the area, using money from my allocated Neighbourhood Budget for 2020/2021, to replace the old and worn footpath leading from Dean Bank Park to the A167 next year."