Over £1.3 million of investment is set to be made in an exciting range of community facilities for Bishopstoke following recommendations that were approved last night’s meeting of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak & Horton Heath (BFOHH) Local Area Committee.
The committee recommended over £300,000 for investment in the community from community contributions made by developers as a result of various developments in the Bishopstoke area. Additional funding of £1million will also be provided specifically for the Memorial Hall and at ItchenAvenue/Whalesmead Estate from the New Homes Bonus scheme which is money received by the Council from the Government for new houses built in the Borough.
Alongside this announcement a further £900,000 will be made available from New Homes Bonus towards road infrastructure projects and studies to relieve congestion on the eastern approach to Eastleigh, most notably the Bishopstoke Road corridor.
The committee recommended the allocation of around £172,000 contribution towards phase one of the community building space project at St Paul’s Church, Bishopstoke.
Over £51,000 was also allocated for new play equipment at New Century Park and £29,000 will also be provided to demolish the old scout hut and provide a new car park for user of the open space.
Just under £21,000 was allocated for an options study to be undertaken for the Memorial Hall in Bishopstoke. The building has come to the end of its useful life and the feasibility will investigate options for either a major modernisation or a complete new build.
A new path to replace the one from Hardings Lane leading to Stoke Park Woods has also been allocated £10,000. There are also a range of smaller schemes including woodland management, dropped kerbs, dragons teeth and tree planting.
Chair of BFOHH Local Area Committee Cllr Trevor Mignot said, “This will be is a significant investment across the Bishopstoke community that will provide a range of new facilities for the benefits of local residents and will also provide the opportunity to help relieve congestion in the area.”