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Vote for a new “rock venue” for Grantham Green

Page last updated at 21 October 2016 at 15:20

People power could bring an exciting new “rock venue” – in the form of climbing boulders - to a popular open space near Eastleigh town centre.

Residents are being urged to vote for an award from the Aviva Community Fund that could create a rock-climbing feature for local children and young people in the middle of Grantham Green.

Following consultation with local residents, Grantham Green is about to undergo a major transformation by the Borough Council, working alongside Eastleigh-based charity, OneCommunity and the Friends of Grantham Green, with improvements that include seating, new paths and picnic tables, as well as trees, shrubs and a wildflower meadow.  Grantham Green - which is bordered by Parnell, Derby, Nutbeem and Grantham Roads - is widely used by local young people, parents with children and dog walkers.

The planned focal point of the Green’s re-landscaping is a large mound. And that could be topped off with climbing boulders, complete with hand- and toe-holds, to help youngsters develop their skills and fitness – and have fun - if the bid to the Aviva Community Fund, which is also supported by Groundwork, is successful.

Whether this project, dubbed ‘The Rocky Road’ gets Aviva funding is down to how many people vote, so OneCommunity and the Council will be urging as many people as possible to vote for The Rocky Road project.  They have put together promotional material, including a video, to demonstrate how the Grantham Green climbing feature will deliver real benefits to people in the neighbourhood.

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 21 October and 18 November 2016.

Keep an eye on the @eastleighbc and @1_Comm Twitter feeds for updates.

The Grantham Green Rocky Road project is one of two bids to the Aviva Community Fund associated with the Borough Council. The other is an Active Mum & Baby Cycling Scheme to help new mothers stay fit and healthy through cycling.