Fareham play park set for transformation in £780,000 revamp

Olivia Carter cuts the ribbon to officially open the community hub with Mayor of Havant Cllr Mrs Elaine Shimbart and Alan Mak MP. Olivia from Front Lawn Academy Primary won a competition to be the official ribbon cutter
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Leigh Park sports hub’s £1.6m revamp is a ‘huge boost’ for the area

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A PLAY area in Fareham could be in line for a £780,000 revamp.

Plans for Park Lane recreation ground include upgrading the children’s play area, expanding the skate park and installing outdoor gym equipment.

There would also be a new floodlit outdoor sports pitch.

If the project goes ahead it will be completed by 2017.

Fareham Borough Council held a public consultation earlier this year about the future of play area, which is next to the leisure centre.

Councillor Connie Hockley, spokeswoman for leisure and community at the council, said: ‘This is important. It gets the kids away from the computers and it’s the legacy of the Olympics as well.

‘We’ve undertaken some consultation. With a few tweaks it should go ahead.’

The results of the consultation showed that 69 per cent of residents enjoy visiting the recreation ground because of its convenient location and its suitability for a variety of ages.

And 67 per cent said that the children’s play area needs improving and enlarging.

Cllr Hockley added: ‘I’ll be delighted if it goes ahead.

‘The skate park needs updating. Many of the youngsters say that the skate park is fine but it’s not complicated enough for them. They want to have a bit more fun with it.

‘The children’s play area could do with moving away from the trees.

‘It will be beautiful.

‘The end result should be astonishing.

‘We are lucky. We are actually improving stuff in these economic times.’

Some residents raised concerns about parking facilities as the leisure centre’s car park is often full.

The next stage will be to do site surveys and develop a detailed site plan showing the future proposals for the next five years.

The council will discuss the report at a meeting next Wednesday.