Residents of Townhill Park have their say on new green space

Located in the heart of the community, the design layout and location of the main features for ‘Townhill Green’ have taken a step closer to being finalised following a four-week survey as part of Southampton City Council’s landmark regeneration of Townhill Park

Townhill Park green space Jan 2021

Following the online survey, Southampton City Council continue to invite residents of Townhill Park to join in with a variety of focus groups concentrating on the children’s play area, outdoor exercise area, planted eco-wall and teenage provision by signing up via the Council’s website.

From 16 November through to 13 December 2020, residents of Townhill Park and the wider community were asked to have their say on the initial designs for the new green space being delivered off Meggeson Avenue. The design featured an outdoor exercise area, an enlarged themed children’s play area and an impressive feature wall, the style of which was proposed as either an art wall or a planted eco-wall to be decided by respondents to the survey. Also included in the proposed design was additional parking, including disabled parking and access along Ozier Road along with a serviced space with power and water for a concession stand.

With over 191 responses over the four-week survey, 85% of respondents ‘strongly agree’ and ‘agree’ with the proposed layout put forward by Southampton City Council. As part of the survey, people were asked to choose a name for the new green space with 68% choosing ‘Townhill Green’ from the list of proposed options. The main reason for choosing Townhill Green was that it gave the new green space a sense of ownership and inclusivity for the whole community at Townhill Park. Southampton City Council also asked peoples preference for the feature wall with 63% choosing a planted eco-wall as their favourite.

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Place, said:

“Townhill Green demonstrates our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural environment which is a key theme within our Green City Plan. We are keen to ensure that the environment is at the forefront of all our activities and the regeneration of Townhill Park is a great example of this, especially with the choosing of a plant eco-wall as the feature.

“Shown in the final design for this new green space, you can see provision for new tree planting and a wildflower meadow. This give us the opportunity to plant more trees which helps to clean the air we breathe whilst contributing towards our aim of planting 5,000 trees by 2030. Plus, the wildflower meadows will provide shelter and food for the wide variety of wildlife in urban environments. It is through creating more greenspaces like this one for our communities to enjoy that we can work together to create a greener, healthier and more sustainable city.”

The creation of Townhill Green is funded through a £3.75M Homes England grant and forms part of the infrastructure improvements for the regeneration of Townhill Park. This grant has also contributed to the improvement work and traffic-calming measures to Meggeson Avenue which were completed in September 2020 and create a safe, more pleasant environment for people walking, cycling or taking the bus. Improvements to Meggeson Avenue include road and pavement resurfacing, new zebra crossings, a 20mph zone, widened sections of footway and a new shared cycleway. To find out more about the improvements, visit Southampton City Council’s transport website. The Council’s strategic partner Balfour Beatty also commenced work on the reconstruction of Ozier Road, which borders Townhill Green, in November 2020 with works to deliver the new road completed ahead of schedule at the beginning of December 2020.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Culture and Homes, said:

“This pandemic and lockdowns have highlighted just how important open green spaces are to local families and how they have become the centre of many communities. With our Townhill Park regeneration programme, we are keen to work with the local community so that we can create a neighbourhood to be proud of together.

“Homes are more than bricks and mortar, but people. Townhill Green will be a space for everyone, please sign up and get involved.”

Kim Ayling, Chair of SO18 Big Local, said:

“I am thrilled to see the results of the survey having a positive impact on the final design of the new green space, now called Townhill Green. It is exciting for our community to see the estate regeneration of Townhill Park happening around us and we look forward to continued progress in the New Year.

“It is so important that the community are at the heart of projects like Townhill Green and I urge all of the residents at Townhill Park to make the most of the focus groups next year by signing up early!”