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£83k to go into parks
12:00am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Andover
ANDOVER parks will undergo £83,000 of improvements after Test Valley Borough Council’s Cabinet decided to release section 106 money – also known as developer contributions – to improve open spaces in King George Road and Topaz Drive.
The proposals came about after the borough council found that there is a shortfall of playing fields, sports facilities and open spaces in Andover’s Harroway ward. It wants to provide more facilities for teenagers and older people.
Across the two areas, there are currently a junior play area and two infant play parks, one of which needs to be either completely refurbished or removed.
Councillors approved a new multi-use games area, an upgrade of the infant play area in Topaz Drive and new goal posts, benches, more bins, tree planting and the creation of a wildflower meadow.
The money for the project – to be completed in two phases – is available from a pot of £288,095 allocated for open space in the Harroway ward.
Planning officers had recommended the scheme be approved by councillors.