A new community group has been launched to help protect and improve a park and its buildings after locals branded it as being 'neglected' by Brent Council.

The Friends of Barham Library-who campaign to save Barham Library in Sudbury have set up a tag-on group called Friends of Barham Park.

The aim is to ensure that local people have opportunities to get involved in protecting and improving the whole of Barham Park in Harrow Road, Sudbury including its buildings.

Barham Park and its buildings were donated in 1936 for the enjoyment of local people by Titus Barham a local benefactor who owned Express Dairies, a milk production and distribution company.

The park and buildings have been managed over the years by Brent Council, however in the view of many, it has been neglected and become run down.

Paul Lorber is one of the Trustees of Friends of Barham Library charity, he said: "Local involvement will help to make the park safer and cleaner as local people work as a team and are encouraged to take pride in the place gifted for their benefit over 75 years ago.

"The buildings and park have been somewhat neglected by the council in recent years and we will work to get much needed improvements."

The group's aim are to bring new benefits to the park including, more people visiting, new activities and volunteer planting sessions.

The Barham family settled in Sudbury in the 1880's, Titus Barham was a contributor to Wembley Hospital, Barham School, Sudbury Tennis Club and many other local causes.

As a result of his bequest his home and gardens were taken over by Brent Council to create Barham Park which has been enjoyed by generations of local people for over 75 years.

The buildings, large part of which housed the local Library from 1952 until closed by Labour councillors in October 2011 are allegedly in a poor state.

By forming the Friends of Barham Park, local supporters of the park, want to increase public involvement and public say on how the park and its buildings should be used.

The local plan being developed includes an idea that part of the building should be used for a library and community centre.

Francis Henry is a long standing supporter and volunteer with Friends of Barham Library, he said: "Seventy five years ago a Sudbury resident made a generous gift of his home and gardens for the benefit of local people. It is time that Brent Council at long last gave local people a say in how that gift is best used for the benefit of as many people as possible. We are forming Friends of Barham Park to give local people a say and hope that Brent Council will start listening and taking local people seriously."

Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt (Labour), said: “The Barham Park Trust has spent some £224,000 on refurbishing the main buildings in the park between October 2013 and March 2014. As part of these works, some areas of damp were discovered in one of the old buildings and this needs to be evaluated before any further remedial action is considered by the Council.”

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