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Western Ward Community Action Team

Area Improvements

Play AreasSt Michael's Road play area

St Michaels Road Play Area                                

St Michaels Road Park Play Area was refurbished at a total cost of £65,000 in October 2011.

Improvements included new safety surfacing, several new pieces of play equipment, including a climbing wall and a 5-a-side football goal.

(Photograph of refurbished Play Area)                                      

Hollybrook Gardens Play AreaNew play area at Holly Brook Gardens

The installation of a new play area and football goals at Hollybrook Gardens was completed in April 2012.

Improvements included new safety surfacing, several new pieces of play equipment including benches, the total cost of this project was £65,000.

(Photograph shows refurbished play area)

Tennis Courts

Locks Heath (top left), Sarisbury Green (top right) and Burridge (bottom) Tennis CourtsLocks Heath Tennis Courts

Recent improvements to Locks Health Tennis Courts have included several repairs to the court surfaces and to the areas surrounding the posts.

The total cost of this project was £1,500.

Sarisbury Green Tennis Courts

Both tennis courts at Sarisbury Green have undergone several improvements at a total cost of £16,000.

Work included the installation of new perimeter and divide fencing, a new bench seat and new anchor points for the nets.

Surrounding hedges were also cut back to provide access for required maintenance and finally after the lifting of the court surface to resolve an underground tree root problem, both courts were pressured washed and technotile surfaces cleaned.

Burridge Tennis Courts

The tennis courts at Burridge have undergone significant improvements, including a new court surface, new posts and nets.

The total cost for this project will be £14,500.

Cricket StripsAllotment Road cricket pitch

Allotment Road Recreation Ground - Artificial Cricket Strip

Improvement works to the existing non-turf cricket area at Allotment Road recreation ground were carried out in March 2011 at a cost of £8,300.

Work included; re-surfacing of the pitch surface and cleaning of the existing shockpads.

The laying of a new Wilton woven cricket surface, marking out of the pitch and installing an additional, low maintenance synthetic bowlers run-up lane.

Locks Heath Cricket pitchLocks Heath Recreation Ground - Artificial Cricket Strip

Improvement works to the artificial cricket strip at Locks Heath recreation ground were carried out in March 2011, at a cost of £6,700.

Work included; refurbishing the existing pitch surfaces, cleaning and relaying of the existing shockpads, the laying of a new Wilton woven cricket surface and marking out of the pitch.

Changing Facilities

Refurbishment of Locks Heath Changing Rooms

The changing rooms at Locks Heath recreation ground were refurbished in 2007 at a cost of £50,000 funded from developer's

Work carried out included a new pitched roof, the removal of public toilets and installation of two new spectator's toilets.

The changing rooms were newly decorated throughout with a new floor covering.

The kitchen was also removed to allow space for an additional changing room specifically for children and young people to use.

(The pictures to the right show how the facilities look before and after the improvements we carried out).

Refurbished changing rooms at Osborne RoadNew external storing area at Osborne RoadRefurbishment of Teams and Official Changing Rooms at Osborne Road

The changing room facilities at Osborne Road, Warsash Recreation Ground were refurbished in 2010 at a cost of £120,000.

Improvements to the site included; complete internal and external redecoration to the building, including new lighting and flooring.

A new pitched roof was installed and existing alcoves were removed to provide additional internal space.

Manually operated shutters to both changing room entrances were installed and all existing benches, coat hooks, wash hand basins, and toilet facilities were replaced.

A secure external storing area for football goals and other equipment was installed too. (The pictures the improvements made).

Sarisbury Green Changing FacilitiesChanging Facilities at Sarisbury Green Recreation Ground

Refurbishment of the cricket changing facilities at Sarisbury Green recreation ground have commenced and are scheduled to be completed by mid May 2011, at a total cost of £40,000.

Improvement works include; the conversion of the existing internal shower area and external WC's (former public toilets) into new home and away team shower areas, each with two WC's, two electric shower points and two hand basins.

The boarded up windows at the front of the building removed and replaced with a suitable cladding material and the two existing doors replaced with external opening doors.

The kitchen replaced and the building decorated internally - including new lighting and flooring.

Allotment Road changing facilitiesChanging Facilities at Allotment Road Recreation Ground

Refurbishing the cricket and football changing facilities at Allotment Road are now complete, at a cost of £130,000.

Improvement works included the construction of new fascia to prevent access to the flat roof.

Reforming the existing kitchen and making it into an official changing room area complete with toilet and shower facilities and replacing the existing metal security doors with new rollers shutters.

All benches, hand basins and coat hooks replaced, as well as completely redecorating the building internally and externally, including new lighting and flooring.

The refurbished changing facilities were officially opened by Cllr Woodward, in the presence of Cllr Cartwright and Cllr Mrs Hockley on 19th June 2011.

2012 / 2013

Oriel Drive Play Area

Following the recent consultation exercise that was carried out to identify if local residents support the idea of reinstating items of play equipment on Oriel Drive open space, officers have now collated and analysed all the responses received and have discussed them with the ward councillors. The results have concluded that the majority of residents do not want items of play equipment reinstated on Oriel Drive open space.

Whilst some residents may be disappointed with this result, Council Officers are in the process of identifying how other play areas within the local area could be better improved. Further consultation activities will take place in due course to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local residents.

For more information or should you wish to discuss the consultation results further please contact Emma Watts, Leisure Projects Officer on 01329 236100 or email

Locks Heath Youth Facility

Laurel Gardens Play Area

 (Photograph shows existing facilities at Laurel Gardens)Laurel Gardens play area

2013 / 2014

2014 / 2015

If you would like further information about any of these projects please contact the Leisure & Community Team on 01329 236100 or email



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