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Building bridges in Eastleigh’s parkland

Work to transform a former town centre golf course into attractive parkland continues this week

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Building bridges in Eastleigh’s parkland

Work to transform a former Council golf course into attractive parkland continues this week with the start of work on two new bridges.

The former golf course site at Fleming Park in Eastleigh is undergoing a £460,000 transformation that is bringing a range of improvements to the popular green space.

A key part of the scheme is increasing access for a range of users throughout the year. The existing bridges are showing signs of structural weakness and their replacements, both made from timber, are designed to be both pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

The parkland’s recently opened all weather trail is used by walkers, joggers and “Cycles 4 All”, a charity that promotes of disabled cycling on a range of specially adapted bicycles.

The bridges cross Monk’s Brook and their design and method of construction was approved by the Environment Agency ensuring the design allowed  the unobstructed passage water during flood conditions  and minimal impact on protected species. The area is rich in wildlife and an ecological survey was commissioned before work started.

In addition to the bridges, work is soon to start on the renovation of an unsightly underpass which links the two areas of “parkland”.  The design has been prepared by local children working with a professional artist based at Eastleigh creative hub, The Sorting Office.

The parkland landscape is also being enhanced by planting native trees. This will make the area better for wildlife and create a more natural look.

The project is overseen by the Eastleigh Local Area Committee and funded from developers’ contributions.