HUNTINGDON Town Park will be renamed Bloomfield Park in honour of a former mayor of the town on April 29.

Members of Huntingdon Town Council's leisure and community services committee held earlier this month discussed the wording for the new sign, which will commemorate Mike Bloomfield.

Mr Bloomfield, who died in October, aged 73, was mayor in 1981. Under his leadership, it was announced that Huntingdon and Godmanchester Council - as it then was - had agreed to take over the responsibility of Grammar School Field, which subsequently became the town park, for a nominal fee of £1. He was also instrumental in its subsequent development.

Councillors thought Bloomfield Park would be a more fitting tribute than the normal practice of naming a road after a former mayor.

Plans to ban dogs from the park were rejected, however. It was agreed to remove a line from the new sign which would read 'No dogs allowed' after Councillor Andrew Bish argued dog walkers helped deter anti-social behaviour in the park.

n Huntingdon Town Council is due to discuss a proposal to widen the footpath from the outer ring road to Huntingdon town centre along Grammar School Walk at a planning committee meeting on Thursday. Cambridgeshire County Council wants to upgrade the footpath to allow cyclists to use it.

Should dogs be kept out of Huntingdon's Town Park? Send your views to editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TB.