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RESIDENTS in the Longridge area are being invited to vote for their favourite park as part of a UK scheme aimed at creating 2012 public spaces dedicated to the Queen.

The QEII Challenge aims to create a legacy marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

As such, 2012 sites will be designated QEII Playing Fields by the Fields in Trust organisation.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is asking residents to vote for their favourite parks in Clitheroe and Longridge, which will then be put forward for QEII status.

Chris Hughes, the council’s head of cultural and leisure services, said: “The QEII Challenge is a campaign to protect 2012 outdoor spaces and create a fitting and lasting legacy marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.

“We have met representatives from Fields in Trust to identify facilities that would be eligible for consideration and are asking residents to vote for their favourites in Clitheroe and Longridge.”

All local authorities have been asked to nominate parks and those selected will receive QEII status, meaning their future will be guaranteed through a deed of dedication.

Grants will also be available for improvement schemes at the QEII sites from the Lottery’s Protecting Playing Fields Fund and the SITA Trust.

Residents can vote for the following sites in Clitheroe: Clitheroe Castle Field, Brungerley Park, Edisford Park, and Longridge: Kester Lane Recreation Ground, John Smith’s Playing Field, Mardale Playing Field.To vote, visit www.ribblevalley.gov.uk by Wednesday, August 31.