Plans to improve park life for all
COUNCILLORS were due to decide last night whether to give a financial boost to a project to make a Liphook park more accessible to visitors.
The scheme also includes improving safety by installing new handrails on bridges across the river Wey and installing bird boxes and insect hotels to encourage biodiversity.
Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council says the total cost is estimated at £11,000 and has made an application to East Hampshire District Council for a grant of £7,500.
The application was originally due to have been considered by the council’s community forum for the Liphook, Headley and Bordon area on January 22, but the meeting was cancelled because of snow and rescheduled for last night at the Phoenix Centre, Bordon.
A second application from the parish council, for a grant of up to £35,000 for further improvements at Liphook recreation ground, was also due to be considered.
At a meeting last November, the parish council’s recreation committee agreed to work closely with other groups including the Wey Valley Trust, Liphook in Bloom and the Friends of Radford Park to develop a working plan for the park.
A report to last night’s community forum stated: “The park stretches for a considerable distance to the east of the village, but it is only truly accessible between Malthouse Meadows and London Road. With a more thoughtful management plan, the park could be a centre of greater biodiversity, and educational use, and invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and over dominant alder trees.”
Additional funding would also enable steps from Locke Road, which were removed in 2009 to be reinstated, and for a second new set of steps to be installed.
At Liphook recreation ground, the parish council wants to continue an improvement project at the children’s playground. The first phase was opened in August 2011, and has proved very popular.
Included in the proposals are new areas of grass matting safety surfaces, a zip wire, and a safety barrier around the existing tyre swing.
The parish council wants to the project to be paid for by the district council’s fund of developers’ contributions for open space and recreation.
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