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The Projects - Bourne Valley Park 2003-2007

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 Bourne Valley Park

About the Project
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Project Diary Phase 1
Project Diary Phase 2

Change of Name
Fun Day 2006
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 The Greenway

 Coy Pond

 Valley Ponds

 Coy Pond Gardens

 Lagoons & Wetland

 Yellow Fish

 Use Water Wisely

 Op Streamclean

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Footpaths or Lighting

When we originally designed the project we planned to install lighting along the new footpath through the 'long' field.  It soon became clear that some residents were not keen on the idea of lighting, and several asked for more footpaths especially in the 'lower' field.

We didn't have the funding for both.  Lighting just the one Phase One footpath (not including the woodland walk from Herbert Avenue, or the Safe Route to School) would cost approximately 25,000; for the same amount we could create about 650m of new footpaths. 

We received some comments on the choice from other partners:

  • Conservationists (including Poole's Nature Conservation Officer and Natural England) preferred we use the money for footpaths due to concerns that lighting so close to the SSSI might disturb the nocturnal habits of some wildlife;

  • Dorset Police's Rossmore Safer Neighbourhood Team advised that the park is not currently a gathering place for youths during the hours of darkness, but suggest that could change if the area were to be lit.

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The red lines on the aerial photo denote the boundary of areas of SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).  No formal footpaths are permitted across any area of SSSI.



Footpaths installed during Phase 1

Monkton Crescent to 'long field'

Monkton Crescent to existing path

From Turbary Close (resurfaced)

Voting closed on 31st January

The majority of people (75%) voted in favour of footpaths.

The most popular option was for a new footpath leading from Monkton Crescent to the 'long field' (#1 in orange on the aerial photo above), which we extended to link with the footpath from Turbary Close.

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