In our newsletters we have been promising a more detailed timeline about the Access improvements for a while and unfortunately this is still to be tendered. The package of drawings and specifications for the works are incredibly detailed and the final work is taking place to make sure that everything is as accurate as possible. A contractor will hopefully be appointed early in the New Year with work following soon after.
As a reminder the work will:
- make the park more accessible, with narrower road crossings and friendlier crossing points for pedestrians
- slow vehicles down making it harder to drive through the park and remove highway features like the roundabout and reduce the amount of tarmac surface
- provide new lighting all the way along the carriage drive and from the cricket pavilion to copse close.
- install new drainage and resurface roads and paths to prevent local flooding issues
- remove some existing trees and replace and plant more trees along the drive and nearby areas.
This is subject to the tendered prices and the successful appointment of a contractor. The contract will be delivered as soon as possible, phased to allow the tree works and planting to be undertaken at the right time for bats, nesting birds and the trees themselves, whilst also avoiding the busier summer months. This means the works may well be phased through 2020.
The contractor will be required to allow movement in and out of the park at all times, whilst understanding that significant disruption will take place and localised diversions will be in place.
A communication and public engagement plan is in place which will be publicised once a contractor is appointed and there is a clear programme of works.
The original consultation designs can still be found here that show the extent of the improvements.
Visual of how the middle gate car park will look after the improvements