First phase of works on Gosport country part is completed

THE first phase of a series of plans for a country park is complete.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 6:03 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:17 pm
A new car park has opened at Alver Valley Country Park in Gosport

A new 45-space car park has been built for the Alver Valley Country Park in Gosport.

The site, off Cherque Way on Lee-on-the-Solent, will provide a new entrance to 
the park, which is undergoing a number of improvements.

Councillor Graham Burgess, chairman of community board on Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We are planning three main entrances to the Alver Valley Country Park.

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‘I am pleased to see the Cherque Way car park open and look forward to seeing the Grange Road works start shortly.’

The council held a public consultation to get people’s thoughts on the redevelopment of the park. More than 850 people responded and had their say on a final design for the second phase of construction to create a toilet block and a play area near the new car park.

As previously reported in The News, the council along with Hampshire County Council, is spending more than £500,000 on the improvements.

Other schemes include updating the car park to the main entrance, off Grange Road in Rowner, to double its size. And plans are being made to extend the BMX track, which celebrated 
its 10th anniversary last month.

One of the council’s biggest ideas is to build a garden centre, similar to Garsons in Titchfield, with a cafe and shop.

To help save money in cutting grass and general upkeep of the country park, cattle will be introduced.

Cllr Burgess added: ‘We are anticipating some exciting news on the BMX track extension soon.

‘Plans for the new nursery at Grange Farm are expected in the autumn.’