Play Area Design
Maintenance Map - July 2022
Play Park Update - June 2022
Residents living on the Crowdhill Green estate will be pleased to hear that Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council has now been given the ‘green light’ to start a long-awaited project to install a play area at a location in the middle of the estate.
After lengthy negotiations with the developer, both Eastleigh Borough Council and the Parish Council have now completed assessments of the play area land and wider public open space and have determined that the land can be transferred from the developer. This now means that Eastleigh Borough Council can progress the legal transfer process to devolve the land to the Parish Council for future management and maintenance.
Whilst this process takes place, the Parish Council will be issuing a survey for residents on the estate to provide their thoughts and views as to what type of play area and equipment they would like installed.
A full consultation process including a public vote on the final design will take place once the survey results are analysed. Once agreed, the materials and equipment will be ordered, and it’s planned that the play area will be installed this Autumn.
Crowdhill Green is located on the northern edge of the village of Fair Oak, adjoining Hardings Lane and Winchester Road. Crowdhill Green measures 17.27Ha. in total as shown in image below.
Woodland Community Centre
The provision of a community centre on site formed part of the main planning application. The application sought space for the local scouting group and a nursery.
The Community Centre was constructed in 2017 and in June 2018 the Parish Council took formal possession of the ownership and management of the building.
The building is primarily home to: -
- Rainbows Pre-School (https://rainbowsfairoak.co.uk/) Rainbows Pre-School have their own contained nursery space with kitchenette and toilets as well as garden area.
- 7th Eastleigh (2ND FAIR OAK) Scout Group http://www.7theastleigh.scoutsonline.co.uk/ The Scouting Group hold all their activities at the Community Centre and have their externally accessed storeroom.
- Spaces for hire https://www.fairoak-pc.gov.uk/explore-all/ The community centre has two large halls for hire, a kitchen and a small conference room which is also available for hire. These spaces are available for general hire. Availability for these spaces can be found in the link above. Various activities take place at the centre throughout the week which can be viewed on the Parish Council’s What’s On guide.
Public Open Space
Trees – as part of their planning obligations, Bloors planted a number of trees on the site including the Public Open Space. Until the land is formally transferred to the Borough/Parish Council, Bloors are legally obliged to maintain the trees, grass, hedges etc on the public open space.
Both the Borough and Parish Council Officers have been undertaking regular site visits and have reported several breaches to Bloors regarding dead/dying trees.
Pathways – as above these have been inspected by both the Borough and Parish Council Officers. Officers from both authorities have concerns regarding the construction and materials used for the pathways. These need to be whacker platted down to ensure that pathway material does not run off in wet weather.
The Borough and Parish Council have reported numerous concerns regarding the condition of the pubic open space on the site and a dialogue is currently taking place between Eastleigh Borough Council and Bloors in seeking a resolution.
Deer Fence – as part of the planning approval, the Woodland Trust requested a deer fence be constructed to the boundary of the public open space and the woodland. Concerns have been raised by residents regarding the suitability of the fence. The Parish Council has received a wooden post and rail specification from the Woodland Trust and is currently seeking permission from Bloors to replace the metal fence with the wooden post and rail. Once permission has been received the Parish will notify residents via this webpage when the works will commence.
The Parish Council was asked by EBC to take forward the installation of the public art on the site. In 2017 the Parish Council after community consultation, commissioned several pieces of art such as metal deer fence, an oak carved lychgate, mosaic woodland themed panels (for the community centre), carved benches, ornate metal fencing and waymarkers.
These have been carefully placed around the site to enhance residents’ journey and experience when walking around the wildflowers, open space and entry to Stoke Park Woods.
Examples of the artwork can be seen to the right: -
The Parish Council obtained permission from Bloors (current landowner) to install the public art in July 2020. Some of the public art such as the waymarkers, has yet to be installed. As the Parish Council is waiting for Bloors/EBC to complete the grounds work needed to bring the public open space up to the correct specification. The Parish Council will not risk damage to the artwork until this has been completed.
However, with the public art installation almost complete at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council would like to thank all those who have been involved in the designing, commissioning, constructing and installation of all the artwork. This includes the public who submitted their thoughts and ideas to the designers and artists who turned these ideas into wonderful pieces that will be enjoyed by many people for years to come. Special mention goes to the following artists whose valuable contribution to this project should be recognised.
As part of the final phase to the public art, the Parish Council will commission the construction of information boards explaining the biodiversity that can be found on the public open space. As is usual practice for the Parish Council, we will engage with residents on this. Please keep your eye out on this webpage.
Children’s Play Area
The planned play area and remaining open space is unfortunately still the subject of an ongoing dispute between the Borough and Parish Councils with the developers Bloor Homes.
The developer is responsible for preparing this land to a suitable standard which was specified at the start. Despite many site visits both the Borough and the Parish Council find the land to be in a poor condition. The authorities cannot accept land that is not to an acceptable standard. Unfortunately, Bloor Homes do not agree with the assessment from both authorities regarding the condition of the play area land. EBC will now look to take legal action on this matter to bring this matter to a conclusion.
The Parish Council will re-consult with residents regarding the play equipment, once progress has been made with the negotiations/legal process.
*As the formal land transfer still has not taken place, residents should direct their concerns to Bloors Homes who as of (September 2020) remain the landowner.
Once the land has been formally transferred, residents should report the following issues with the relevant responsible authorities: -
Hampshire County Council (HCC)
- Roads, potholes, pavements
- Traffic calming
Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council (FOPC)
- Public open space
- Community Centre
- Play Area
- Public Art
Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC)
- Waste disposal
- Street scene
- Council tax
- Anti-social behaviour
- Obstruction of public highway
- Speeding on roads
In an emergency ring 999, for all other concerns call 101