COMMUNITY groups are set to discuss the future of a park at the heart of Dunbar.

A working group has been set up to look at what is planned for Winterfield Park.

Initially, talks did not include representatives from the Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership (DELAP) or the town’s community council.

However, Pippa Swan, DELAP chairwoman and community councillor, confirmed a meeting was now being lined up, which would involve more groups, although no date had yet been set.

The historic pavilion in the park was demolished earlier this year, creating further space.

Suggestions have been made for a new changing pavilion to be created in its place, with sports clubs and Dunbar Grammar School likely to be involved in discussions regarding the future of the park.

A spokeswoman for the local authority said: “The council is gathering views and expressions of interest from all interested groups so that we are completely satisfied that the masterplan for the redevelopment project considers the entire scope of various community aspirations and needs.

“Once that exercise has been completed then we can proceed to draw up a masterplan in consultation with the area partnership.

“Winterfield Park is an extremely important resource for the community in terms of strategic grass sports pitch provision for future growth.

“The park is also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which will generate interest and contribution from a range of internal and external partners to the redevelopment scope.

“Accordingly, it is of the utmost importance that the strategic contribution this park can make to the community in future is adequately researched prior to drawing up any redevelopment plans.”