STRIKING new red bins are currently being trialled in a popular Wigan park.
As part of the second phase of the restoration of Mesnes Park, new bins and benches have been installed as a trial example of what could be featured when the site has been fully revamped.
The new furniture are on trial from Broxap, a Staffordshire-based company which manufacturers park and playground equipment.
Over the next few months, park bosses at Wigan, Leisure and Culture Trust are to liaise with the Heritage Lottery over what furniture will be used, but the equipment will not be replaced until early 2013 when the restoration will be completed.
Joanne Ramdewor, park officer, said: “We are working with the Heritage Lottery to put together a strategy for the park. We are looking at the style and function of the park furniture - bins, benches and signs - and seeing how they fit in.
“The bins are for the maintenance guys to see how easy they are to empty.
“We have already decided the bins will be a metal grey colour as red would not fit in with the overall look of the park.
“We also want to get a steer from the Heritage Lottery to see which style of bench they would prefer - at a guess it would probably want a more traditional style.
“At the moment we have just installed a standard bench but we are looking for something which fits in more with the heritage theme.
“We have not yet trialled any signs - we are just looking at different designs.
“In order to decide what park furniture to choose, we are getting feedback from the staff on the ground and looking at the quality in terms of vandalism.
“We will come to a conclusion in a few months’ time, which will fit in with the rest of the scheme, which also includes the new lodge, bowling pavilion and footpaths.”
The first phase is under way, and includes the regeneration of the bandstand, pavilion, shelter, Dalton Steps and main pathways,