Sparrow Lane Pocket Park
ON 25TH APRIL 2019 MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY INVITED INTERESTED PARTIES TO A MEETING HELD AT SACRED HEART CHURCH HALL TO VIEW AND DISCUSS PROPOSED DESIGNS FOR THE NEW PARK.
THE DESIGNS WERE WELL RECEIVED AND RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO VIEW THESE PLANS AT THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES 117 HIGH STREET, OR YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM, PLEASE CLICK HERE. (Click here for office opening hours)
Sparrow Lane is a well-used public walkway, flanked by generally unkempt hedges, trees and under-utilised land. The route is poorly lit, and the town’s CCTV system covers only part of the area. There is a local need for an attractive green space on our High Street, and Sparrow Lane has the potential to become a wonderful asset to the community. In recognition of this, the Town Council has taken lease of the area with plans to establish the town centre’s first and only ‘Pocket Park’.
Landscape architects were contracted to design a Pocket Park that will transform Sparrow Lane into an accessible area of respite and quiet contemplation, with special consideration for those living with dementia who may become overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre. Not only this, but an area promoting mindfulness is greatly needed in today’s society. We hope Sparrow Lane will become a sanctuary for all to enjoy, whether for socialising or rest.
We will be working closely with local groups to ensure the designs are desired by all, which so far include a widened paving area lined with benches, low level lighting and sensory planting. The Pocket Park will also feature a gated seating area which can be locked at night, with tables, chairs and a water feature. The existing 360° CCTV system will be relocated to the centre of the Pocket Park to provide improved security.
In February 2019, we became the only Town Council across Wiltshire to be successful in the Pocket Parks Plus Programme run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The programme offered grant funding for the establishment of Pocket Parks that aim to improve and increase accessibility to town centres. A total of £15,500 has been awarded for our application which will cover the initial costs of this exciting project.
Cllr Steve Bucknell, Pocket Park Working Group Chair