The transformation of popular Grantham Green - featuring an exciting "rock venue" - is now underway.
Page last updated at 25 January 2017 at 16:19
The transformation of a popular green space in a residential area of Eastleigh town centre – that will feature an exciting “rock venue” as its focal point - is now under way.
Grantham Green is a flat area of grass bordered on all four sides by Parnell, Derby, Nutbeem and Grantham Roads. It is widely used by local young people, children with parents and dog walkers - but it was acknowledged that more can be done to improve the Green’s appearance and the facilities it offers to various groups, especially older children.
Following public consultation early last year, a raft of improvements will transform the Green with new facilities that include seating, new paths and picnic tables, as well as trees, shrubs and a wildflower meadow.
The planned focal point of the Green’s re-landscaping is a large mound. And, thanks to an award from the Aviva Community Fund, that will now be topped off with climbing boulders to help youngsters develop their skills and fitness, and have fun. The successful funding bid was put together by Eastleigh Borough Council, working with the OneCommunity charity and local groups.
Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, is delighted with the award. He said: “Grantham Green is highly valued by nearby residents. Our improvements will create an even more attractive area for years to come and deliver real benefits to people in the neighbourhood. The climbing boulders will be the icing on the cake of the transformation. This successful funding bid was thanks to the hard work and imagination of the Council team, working closely with our partners. We are grateful to the Aviva Community Fund for this award, as well as to the 3,500 people who voted.”
A large section of Grantham Green is now behind temporary fencing as contractors move on site, with the first phase of the project, the groundworks, now under way, and the laying of footpaths, seeding and installation of benches taking place over the summer.
Keep up to date at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/granthamgreen.
Photo caption: Councillors Paul Bicknell and Wayne Irish were joined by Jean Roberts-Jones of One Community, together with representatives of Mencap, Cherbourg Primary School (whose children featured in the promotional video) and developers Gracelands Ltd.