Proposal for development of an open space at Shurlock Road.
'The Parish Council, in association with the Royal Borough, is exploring options for creating an open space for residents using 13 acres of council-owned land off the Shurlock Road. This open space would be freely accessible and include grassland with footpaths, a children's play area, picnic benches, a pond, parking facilities and secure perimeter fencing. The parking area would have a height restricted access.
The aims of the development would be to provide public access for informal recreation while retaining and enhancing the established wildlife potential. The Shurlock Road grassland site is part of a Wildlife Heritage Site/Local Wildlife Site and comprises an area of largely unimproved, herb-rich grassland of high biodiversity importance.
The land would be leased from RBWM for a peppercorn rent. The proposal would be implemented in 2 stages. The first stage costs would be funded using existing S106 funds in combination with a capital bid. The second stage, making a pond and wetland area plus enhancing footpaths in well used areas, would be dependent on attracting external funding based on the work establishes in stage 1.
The annual maintenance costs identified by RBWM appear to be higher than expected and the PC will endeavour to investigate those costs further to see if they can be reduced by using our own contractors.
RBWM's proposal document can be found here.
A copy of the site plan can be found here.
An estimate of costs can be found here.
An ecological assessment from 2012 can be found here.
(Note, the plan on the last page is incorrect. The site extends all the way up to Pool Lane)
The PC is keen to garner resident views about this proposal - which is still in early consultation stages - before proceeding further.
Would you use the space? Are you in favour in principle?
Let us know either via a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MQ3SSRT
Or via a letter to Clerk to the Council, c/o 3 Paradise Cottages, The Street, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JJ
Or, for those with no internet access, contact Katie Sarsfield on 07895 666423 to arrange a mutually convenient time to view the plan and costs?