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Brookvale community recreation works set to start

News release 9700, published on 27 May 2020
Work to create an urban trail, upgrade open space and improve play areas in Brookvale is set to get under way this month.


The start of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council improvement schemes in the Brookvale and Kings Furlong ward had been put on hold after the COVID-19 outbreak.


But following fresh guidance from Government and careful planning to carry out these works safely, contractors are now set to begin on Monday 18 May.


This will include providing new parking spaces and landscaping at Lower Brook Street Pocket Park, a council community fund project to improve access to open space. The work had started in March but was halted due to the COVID-19 restrictions.


The next phase of the Brookvale Urban Trail project will also begin on Monday 18 May with finger post signage installed along the route. The community project aims to improve walking routes to local schools and is for people of all ages to enjoy.


Work is also due to start on Monday 25 May at three play areas, based in Cordale Road, Culver Road and Goodman Close, at a total cost of over £236,000 from the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund. The application for funding was proposed on behalf of the local community by Cllr Michael Westbrook, ward councillor for Brookvale and Kings Furlong.


New play equipment for children of all ages and improved landscaping is planned, at Goodman Close and Cordale Road first, with Culver Road to follow, over a period of up to 10 weeks. s.


The new play areas will be opened by the council as soon as possible following any change in government guidance. At the moment, all play areas remain closed.


To ensure the safety of contractors and the public while COVID-19 remains a threat, the council will be making sure that strict social distancing guidelines are maintained at the construction sites at all times.


Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We are very pleased that the much-needed improvement works will be getting under way at the play areas and other recreation sites in Brookvale after the earlier restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.


“We hope the upgrades will give local residents a real boost and benefit children of all ages when the play areas can safely open. A variety of play equipment can make a real difference to communities, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for children and providing a place where new friendships can form.


“However, while the threat of the virus is still ongoing, we urge local people to stay alert and stay safe by keeping away from the construction sites – the health of residents and the contractors will always be of prime importance.”


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