Evening Hill Access improvements

Last updated: 11th June 2013

Project details

Budget: £18,000

Funding: Planning Obligations Casual Play & Amenity Open Space (Penn Hill Ward)

Lead Officer Richard Nicholson

Email: environment@poole.gov.uk

The footpath improvements and step rebuilding at Evening Hill has been completed by the E&CPS Streetscene team.

There is now a new tarmac path from near to the boat club at Evening Hill to the promenade. The wooden steps that were failing have been replaced using Millboard - a recycled product that we have used successfully at Sandbanks play area and at North Road open space.

Evening Hill

Evening Hill is an open space in Penn Hill ward that slopes down to the harbour and affords fine views across the water to the Purbecks beyond.

The space comprises an area of grass with benches, and a network of informal paths and steps around fenced-off wildlife areas; there is also a promenade beside the waters edge.

There is considerable nature conservation interest in the site; it is designated as part of the Luscombe Valley SSSI due to its remnant heathland vegetation, sand lizards and Bermuda grass. It is enjoyed as a natural open space and we are not intending to carry out any work that is likely to compromise that.

The works

The steps at Evening Hill had reached the end of their useful life and have been redesigned and rebuilt in order to improve access across the site for those with mobility problems.

In addition, at the eastern end of the site is a car park which provides the only level access to the promenade, but access arrangements across it have never previously been acceptable for those with mobility problems. We resolved this by creating a new path across the car park to link the highway pavement with the promenade.

Borough of Poole’s Street Scene Conservation Team carried out the works and were responsible for public access issues and keeping the public safe around the works site.

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