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Country parks review taking place
A major review of the country parks in Northamptonshire is taking place to see how they can be improved.

Northamptonshire County Council is carrying out the study to provide better facilities and make the parks self-financing.

It will look at how the parks could be provided at no cost to the taxpayer by partnerships with other organisations.

The council said it intended to work with private sector organisations and other public bodies.

The review is not considering the closure of these services, a council spokesman said.

Councillor Ben Smith, cabinet member for environment, said: "The growth proposals for the county will increase the amount of public open space and this will include new country parks.

"Additionally, the River Nene Regional Park will preserve and enhance specific individual projects such as the very successful Salcey Forest Walkway."

The review will also examine options for the council-managed local nature reserves and picnic sites.

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