DELAYS to improvements at one of the borough’s country parks are expected after the council changed contractors due to rising costs.

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has revealed that works at California Country Park, in Arborfield, which include extending and improving the car parks, have been delayed after the contractor Balfour Beatty revised its initial estimate.

The council has made the decision to put a major part of the scheme out to open tender, which could take up to six months.

The second phase of the California Greenway is not affected and remains on schedule to be constructed ahead of the main car park works.

The improvement scheme also includes an improved café with a new all-weather outdoor seating area, as well as new signs and information boards around the country park.

Andy Glencross, WBC’s green infrastructure service manager said: “It is very disappointing that we’ve been forced to delay aspects of the work, but it is important that we ensure we get the best value for money for residents.

“However, we have commenced phase 1 of the works to ensure the park is ready for the busy summer period. We have already carried out a number of improvements including a repair to a water leak to help alleviate site flooding and have begun filling in the worst potholes. We will also be undertaking a complete scrape and roll of the main car park, putting down tarmac patches and will remove temporary fencing where possible.”