New vision to help kickstart Horndean’s revamp

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AN AMBITIOUS action plan has been drawn up to make Horndean a better place to live.

Horndean Parish Council has come up with 11 projects which it believes will revamp the area.

Councillors are hoping to progress the plans using parish funds and cash from developer contributions.

Their vision, for which there is no time-scale yet, will see more recreational areas and tackle unemployment in the parish, which also comprises Lovedean, Catherington and Blendworth.

Councillor Lynn Evans, chairman of the parish council, said: ‘We have come up with the ideas in response to discussions with local residents. The councillors are keen to see something come to fruition. I think the purpose of the action plan is to begin to move things along.

‘If you formalise things a little bit, it gets the ball rolling.’

To help jobseekers, the council wants to work with Horndean Business Network to establish a programme of courses to promote business skills and a programme for school leavers to improve their employability.

The council is also seeking land to provide allotments as 37 people are on the waiting list.

11-POINT PLAN

· Develop Horndean as an economically sustainable community

· Provide a permanent skatepark

· Improve facilities at Five Heads recreation ground

· Increase number of allotments

· More bench seating at Dell Piece West

· Improve facilities at Jubilee Hall, including providing changing facilities for sport teams

· Improve facilities at Napier Hall, including improving kitchen and possible extension to increase storage facilities

· Provide high-quality audio visual equipment for use by groups

· More football pitches

· Replace information boards

· More fencing and hedges at open space at Jay Close to improve safety for children