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Funding go-ahead for improved outdoor spaces

News release 9566, published on 28 Jan 2020
More trees, shrubs and new seating in the borough’s open spaces are some of the proposed improvements being put forward following funding approval for the council’s Environmental Renewal Scheme.

Outdoor areas in Popley Islands West; Western Way in South Ham; Cambrian Way in Buckskin; Norn Hill North in Norden and Paddock Road in South Ham will share a total of £321,600 from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to be spent over the next three years to 2022.

The programme aims to improve the quality of green spaces in Basingstoke in priority areas, tackling issues such as nuisance and anti-social behaviour and creating neighbourhoods where people want to live.

Public consultation events for each the areas, dates over the next three years to be announced, will now follow to decide what local people see as priorities for their areas. This could include tree and shrub planting, improved access to the land and better facilities, such as seating.

The funding will also help to maximise opportunities to support the council’s Green Infrastructure Strategy which considers climate change, sustainability and the creation of wildlife corridors.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We know the positive impact that environment has on quality of life and this scheme will enhance and maintain the borough’s built and natural environment.

“The improvements introduced by the Environmental Renewal Scheme will address nuisance issues and lead to a reduction in crime and residents’ fear of crime.

“Subject to the public consultation outcome, the programme’s improvements will contribute to making the borough’s outdoor spaces even more enjoyable for everybody.”

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