Residents consulted on plans
Page last updated at 28 April 2016 at 13:33
Local people are being asked about plans to transform a green space and improve facilities for young people in a residential area of Eastleigh town centre.
Grantham Green - which is bordered by Parnell, Derby, Nutbeem and Grantham Roads - is widely used by local young people, children with parents and dog walkers. But it is acknowledged that more can be done to improve the Green’s appearance and the facilities it offers to various to a range of groups, especially older children.
Residents are being invited to attend an exhibition on the plans on Thursday 11 February, from 3pm to 7:30pm at Cherbourg Primary School, Cherbourg Road.
The Borough is seeking the views of local people on proposed improvements that include a new multi-use games area, an additional teen shelter and seating and picnic tables. There are also plans to re-landscape the Green to create a small hill topped with a rock feature that provides a focal point and that children can climb. The existing play facilities for younger children, which were recently refurbished, will be retained.
Planting trees and shrubs on new mounding could divide the park into two main spaces, with strips set aside for wildflower meadows, adding to Grantham Green’s ecological value. A large open green space would remain for games, dog-walking and general recreation. New pathways could be created along the main routes that local people take across the green.
And young people across the borough are being invited to take part in a short story competition inspired by the fascinating shape of one of the trees on the green. The competition will be judged by prize-winning local writer, Phillip Hoare.
Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Councillor Paul Bicknell, said: “Grantham Green is an open space that is highly valued by nearby residents, and our planned improvements are aimed at creating an even more attractive area for years to come. I hope that members of the local community will take part in the consultation process and give us their views on the planned improvements.”
For more details and information on how to enter, go to the competition website at: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/granthamgreen. The closing date is Friday 27 May 2016.