Delivered as part of Southampton City Council’s landmark regeneration of Townhill Park, the new green space will take pride of place in the heart of the community.
Southampton City Council aims to deliver 1,000 council homes that are greener, fairer, and healthier by 2025. Townhill Park forms a significant part of this objective with areas of regeneration identified across the housing estate.
The proposed new green space is bordered by Meggeson Avenue, Ozier Road, Kingsdown Way, and Bailey Green. Not far from Frogs Copse, the new green will be opposite Townhill Park Community Centre and near to children’s nurseries, Townhill Infant School, and Townhill Junior School.
The new green space will replace the three blocks of council flats which were demolished earlier this year and the existing play area. Residents and community groups in and around Townhill Park are now being invited to comment on the design for the new green space which features an outdoor exercise area, children’s enlarged themed play area, and an impressive feature wall, the style of which will be chosen by the community. Additional parking, including disabled parking and access, is planned along Ozier Road along with a serviced space with power and water for a concession stand.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Culture and Homes, said:
“Our regeneration of Townhill Park is not just about delivering new council homes, but focusing on providing those that live in them a better quality of life and sense of community.
Green spaces are a place that bring people together and improve our health and wellbeing. We want local people to be part of designing and creating this exciting new green space so that we can ensure there is something for everyone, including a space for events and community activities, that will benefit the lives of local families now and for generations to come.
This is your opportunity to get involved and help shape our community assets. Please make the most of the dedicated focus groups on different aspects of the new green space taking place at the beginning of next year.”
The creation of this new green space forms part of the infrastructure improvements for the regeneration of Townhill Park and is funded through a £3.75M Homes England grant. This grant has also contributed to the improvement work and traffic-calming measures to Meggeson Avenue which were completed this year by the council’s strategic partner Balfour Beatty. The regeneration of Townhill Park is also providing funding to improve the access and informal play facilities within Frogs Copse. This work will include improved paths, informal play structures, and improved signage within in the existing 7-hectare green space.
Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Place, said:
“The Townhill Park regeneration is another example of where we have ensured that the environment is at the forefront of all of our activities. Protecting and enhancing our natural environment is a key theme within our Green City Plan, we are committed to creating more greenspaces for our communities to enjoy.”
“This new green space gives us the opportunity to plant more trees that will last for generations while helping to clean the air we breathe. We want to increase the number of trees by at least 5,000 by 2030. The wildflower meadows in this green space will provide shelter and food for the wide variety of wildlife in urban environments. It is through projects like this that we are able to work together to create a greener, healthier, and more sustainable city.”
To have your say on the new green space and express your interest in the upcoming focus groups, visit: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/townhill-park-update.
Following the demolition of the three council blocks earlier this year, the site has been boarded off with hoarding which is now home to the Townhill Community Art Gallery. Launched in February of this year, the project by Southampton City Council and SO18 Big Local features over 45 pieces of artwork installed on the hoarding along Meggeson Avenue. Winners of the Townhill Community Art Gallery competition were recently announced, read more here.