Parks and pavements improvement programme

Consultation has concluded

The parks and pavements project was approved at Budget Council on 28 February 2017. The £2 million project will see new play equipment, bins, benches and tree planting in 14 parks across the borough. Ten stretches of pavements will also be resurfaced as part of the works.

The works will take place within the next 12 to 18 months, with the aim to complete the improvements by March 2018.

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The parks and pavements project was approved at Budget Council on 28 February 2017. The £2 million project will see new play equipment, bins, benches and tree planting in 14 parks across the borough. Ten stretches of pavements will also be resurfaced as part of the works.

The works will take place within the next 12 to 18 months, with the aim to complete the improvements by March 2018.

Keep an eye out for the latest consultations, events and news here! Don't miss your chance to have your say on your local area.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • The bins and benches replacement is very much welcome as they are very old and unloved with many planks missing. I just hope the footpath is not an eyesore. I appreciate that there is basically a footpath worn into the ground already, Will this be the basis for the new proposed one? It should either go here or have new green seeds down to help allow for growth . I live on Fairfield south and so take an interest in the park so I do hope this goes well and improves the park too. Regards, Sophie Ede

    S.e. asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning. The consultation has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing and analysing all the responses. Please check back here for updates.

  • 1) Removal of some plants and shrubs: You say you are clearing plants and shrubs currently "obscuring views in and out of the park" - but this is not a bad thing. Rather it is a good thing to reduce overlooking, give a stronger sense of place and enclosure - to enable a green space to be enjoyed as a respite from the urban stress. For this you need some amount of screening. 2) Footpath: A 1.2m wide gravel footpath might make sense, especially during winter and on rainy days. A path should not compromise any of the current uses of the Fairfield, such as football. Crushed aggregate may not be stable enough, so perhaps consider a self binding gravel which should be stable enough not to require an edging. This would give it a more casual look which could be less contentious and more in keeping with the park. The likelihood of damage by heavy fairground trucks crossing to access the park needs to be considered. 3) Eastern Gate: To minimise people taking a diagonal route over the grass, the proposed position would be less bad than the North Eastern corner, however it wouldn't eliminate the problem altogether. It could become well used as the entry point by 1000's of new residents from the new proposed developments in the Eden Quarter. Good for them but not so good for the playing field. Something will need to be done to mitigate against the adverse effects of increased access by many more people. In particular, I and fellow residents in Fairfield West are already concerned about noise and antisocial behaviour at night time that is harmful in disturbing residents’ sleep. It is especially problematic on warm summer evenings when windows need to be open and noise comes straight in. (The council number for reporting noise by the way is useless). For example can the self closing gate be made to operate quietly without banging shut? Can it be locked at night time or can there be some form of night time use restriction? 4) New benches: Benches tend to be a focus of noise nuisance at night time, therefore it would make sense to locate them away from residences. For example they could be cited along the central path and near to the schools, the library and swimming pool. Please select the bench design with care to ensure they are comfortable to sit on. This means a curved seat and back, not straight and painful. Basic ergonomics! 5) General: How can we discourage people from leaving large piles of unsightly litter behind; not cleaning up after their dogs; and lighting barbecues in the Fairfield? Perhaps the notice boards can be improved and should contain some sort of information on what is expected of users and how to report bad behaviour.

    KeithP asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. 

    In response to some of your specific points:

    Eastern Gate - the provision and location of the entrance gates are being reviewed as part of this consultation, so we will make sure your comments are fed into the planning process.  

    BenchesThe benches along the central pathway are being replaced with robust steel benches.

    NoticeboardsThere are existing noticeboards as you enter the central pathway of the park outlining this information. The council does employ compliance officers who can issue fixed penalty notices to anyone dropping litter. Please do report litter to us when you see it. 

    The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • This seems like a good idea, I regularly walk along Fairfield South to get into Kingston town centre and would welcome the chance to walk through the park instead, away from the traffic. I do not understand why you are seeking to stop a diagonal, corner to corner route through the park however? That would surely make walking journeys quicker and more pleasant - maybe even encourage more walking?

    November17 asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The provision and location of the entrance gates are being reviewed as part of this consultation. 

    We will take your thoughts on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • I would like to see permission for cyclists to use the Fairfield path across the park the path could easily be widened & split providing a safe alternative link to the roads

    Caro asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments, we will take them on board as part of this consultation. However, in 2012 the council’s highways department considered a scheme to allow cyclists to use the pedestrian walkway through the middle of Fairfield, but this was refused on safety grounds. 

    The consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates. 

  • The alley at the St Joseph's end of the park news clear and prominent signposting to stop cyclists. It's Only a matter of time before a poor child coming out of school is run over and seriously hurt by a speeding cyclist. Kids and parents are regularily met with a barage of abuse from cyclists who do not dismount.

    Donna asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • No negative comments on the plans, but please could you also re-surface the main path north/south, where the paving is lifting in places and becoming uneven. Some of the lighting also needs replacing.

    ajlatham asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The central pathway is a designated public highway and any faults found on inspection will be rectified.

    The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.


  • Why can't I cycle through the middle of Fairfield?

    Georgina asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The central pathway is designated for pedestrians only and previous local consultation has shown little support for allowing cyclists to use this path.

  • Could any of the new benches be sponsored with loved ones remembered?

    s finucane asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. We will take your idea on board as part of the consultation. In the meantime the council does offer a ‘memorial bench’ scheme. Further information on the process and who to contact can be found on our website. 



  • I'll have more to say on all this but my immediate comment is that though I understand the wish to avoid corner gates being used to make diagonal shortcuts across the Fairfield, there should be gates at the Southeast and Southwest corners. The footpath on Fairfield South is criminally narrow running alongside a busy road. A pedestrian cannot, say, pass a wheelchair without stepping into the road. I know this from experience as a wheelchair pusher. This is also an important walking route to several schools. There should be a safe pedestrian route away from the road. It used to exist, the gates are there, welded shut. It should be made available and this is the chance to do it.

    Martin B asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • The Fairfield really does need a good makeover, I find it uninviting and relatively unattractive compared with other green spaces in the Borough. I welcome the improvements and would also like to see improved lighting. At the moment the Fairfield isn’t somewhere I would walk through by myself at night, so any measures to make it feel safer would be great.

    Zsa asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • Good news to open up and improve our parks and green areas. It would be nice to have the gate at the Knights Park and Fairfield South reopened with more summer seating areas at that corner to encourage people to relax and enjoy a lunch hour in summer sunshine. Wonderful health benefits.

    Jan asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • Informal perimeter track/path should encourage local residents to use the grounds more regularly and reduce the excess pedestrian/pupil traffic on the narrow paths of Fairfield South and West which are extremely busy during the rush hour traffic. Improving the accessibility via two new gates is long overdue. So as a local resident I strongly support the proposed scheme.

    Mebor asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • The plans look great. Will the "how to use" signage for the exercise stations be reinstated?

    Petershampaul asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. There are currently no plans within the scope of this project to reinstate the signage.

  • Great work! You should look into repaving Canbury gardens. Lovely mini-park just needs a bit of redeveloping.

    nabs asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. In terms of Canbury Gardens - this is also on our list of parks for improvement. You can see the plans for Canbury on our website.

  • These seem like very sensible proposals and I fully support the idea of making the Fairfield more accessible to local people. My only concern is that we need to take reasonable steps to prevent travellers gaining access to camp in the park? Is this taken account of in the proposals?

    rjwb asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. In answer to your question there is a separate piece of work being undertaken to review entrance points at all parks across the borough. This will recommend deterrents such as vehicle height barriers at sites including Fairfield.

  • Thanks for leaving ONE bench so I can’t enjoy the park at all at the moment. Hope they are reinstalled very soon! About time Fairfield had some love!

    Sarsarz85 asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments. The old benches have been removed in order to prepare the bases for the new benches which should be installed in December, depending on conditions.


  • It would be nice if the cycle lane plan through the middle was reintroduced again. The heavily used path through the middle is very uneven and needs some attention.

    Michael asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The central pathway is designated for pedestrians only. Previous local consultation has shown little support for allowing cyclists to use this path.

    We will take on board your comments as part of this consultation and any faults found on the path will be rectified.

    Please check back here after the consultation closes on 30 November for updates. 

  • Great initiative, thank you! I do feel that the fitness equipment needs replacing though.

    Helen asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • All parks improvements welcome as KOT becomes more built up. Additionally, you would do well to clean up the Hogsmill Walk behind the houses in Denmark Road. There are no litter bins, and last time I used the walk two days ago, it was absolutely disgusting with rubbish thrown all over the place by the seats. If you cannot supply the bins, remove the seats because that is where most litter - cans, takeaway rubbish, probably from afterhours visitors, congregates. I am now retired seven years, but walked this way to work in Kingston regularly for over twenty years. It has never improved at all.

    Oaktree asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning. The consultation has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing and analysing all the responses. Please check back here for updates.

  • Please put a gate in the southwest corner for the children to use going to and from St Joseph's school. Fairfield South pavement is very dangerous, I've seen so many near misses between children forced onto the road and cars as well as between children and bikes using the pavement. The gates would give the children a safe route to and from school. As well as the gate in front of St Joseph's it would be good to have a gate in the southeast corner as I am sure that everyone who now has to use Fairfield South pavement would instead use the new path inside the park.

    Local Boy asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning. The consultation has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing and analysing all the responses. Please check back here for updates.

  • Further to my earlier note regarding the need for more than just the two new entrances planned (and where is the eastern gate to be? it's not at all clear from the map), I feel that there would be minimal risk of diagonal paths being worn if all the old gates were reopened except for the one in the north west corner, by the library. Unlike Fairfield South, Fairfield Road is quiet and pleasant enough for pedestrians. I am concerned that the Fairfield is likely to become more of a private recreation space for local schools. The new school to be built on the High Street proposes to use the Fairfield as recreation space, as well as the Grammar and St. Josephs. The Fairfield must remain a public space, and opening all the old gates will help. There is no mention of resurrecting the proposed use of the North - South crossing as a cycle route. This should be reconsidered, this is a natural route and there is more than enough room to negate conflict between cyclists and other users. It is disappointing to learn that whilst this consultation remains open, decisions have already be made on the design of benches to be used, and they are about to be installed. Brutal in the extreme they will add nothing to the Fairfield. Finally, please restore the proper name. It is 'The Fairfield' not 'Fairfield Park' nor 'Fairfield Recreation Ground'. Fairfield pure and simple - lets have a few more fairs!

    Martin B asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning. The consultation has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing and analysing all the responses. Please check back here for updates.

  • Is the council paying to improve access for a private school ? Shouldn't kingston grammar pay for their gate/ a proportion if the cost?

    Question asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments, we will make sure they are fed into the consultation. In answer to your question, we are proposing to improve access for all users, not specific groups. 

    The consultation has now closed and we will let you know the outcome as soon as we can. 


  • Your proposed plans are very good. So glad there will be better access to the park as currently it is quite confusing as to where the entrance is. I would like to see more benches dotted around the park.

    LH asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.

  • Could anyone come up with a method of introducing more graceful planting and more of a cafe society on/round the Fairfield? At Canbury Gardens, the Boaters and the cafe provide social hubs. The Fairfield seems bleak and ugly in comparison to Canbury Gardens.

    Jean asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment, we will take it on board as part of our planning. The consultation has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing and analysing all the responses. Please check back here for updates.

  • I would like to give some, hopefully, helpful comments and thoughts to the proposed changes to the Fairfield, having lived on Fairfield west for 27 years. The green is obviously a vital green space for Kingston Town Center and well used in it's current format. New Gates:- An open gate in the middle of the West end of the Fairfield will cause enormous stress to all the residence nearby in Fairfield West and Littlefields Close. It will encourage antisocial behaviour to focus from this point A new pedestrian gate in the North West corner will be the best access from town, has none residencial buildings near to it (the Library). There is a crossing at this point on Wheatfield Way making it safe and will not encourage crossing the playingfields any more or less than a gate in the centre of Fairfield West. Benches:- Currently benches continually attract groups of people who's behaviour seems to become antisocial. For this reason I think there should only be benches where there are none residential buildings ie. across the central path, along the north side where the Library, Kingfisher and the school also to the East end adjacent to the School. I trust you will take note of the above points so as not to increase stress to residence and initiate increasing antisocial behaviour Thank you and regards Julian

    Julian asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments, we can assure you that the provision and location of the entrance gates are being reviewed as part of this consultation. 

    The consultation has now closed and your views are being fed into our planning. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can. 

  • Thank you for the feedback opportunity. I have lived on Fairfield West for over 25 years, and so feel in a good position to comment on your proposals. My first reaction has been of genuine fear that your new gate proposed at the West end of the Fairfield will cause residents all sorts of stress issues due to additional noise and antisocial behaviour that I feel will likely result from the new installation. I ask you to please understand that the Front doors of the residents of Fairfield West are less than 8 metres away from the park railings, and so activity on the Fairfield is very close to home. Think of someone walking through your front gate, crashing it shut and then having a loud conversation in your front garden at night, then multiply it a few times to cover the 11pm pub crowd and the 3am club crowd, and then you will understand why I am worried. We fairly regularly get late night noise loud enough to make sleep difficult particularly in the summer. This can often be as simple as a couple of people chatting on the bench nearest, so not necessarily anti social, but it shows how much sound travels in an open area, so the thought of opening up easy access to the park from the town end at night is already causing me stress. I cannot understand how you can open up new gateways at the East or West ends of the park without diagonal movement across pitches occurring, I don't think it is Geometrically possible. I must add that whenever existing gates to the park that are normally locked are left open, then it is very obvious that the public take the opportunity for a short cut and walk diagonally across the pitches. I have a good feel for the normal comings and goings on the Fairfield, and the current layout of pitches and access etc generally works very well, as the main groups of users, dog walkers, joggers, and sports teams/groups use all the space without coming into conflict. The first two groups tend to stick to the perimeter with sports in the middle. The other groups that tend to use the Fairfield seem to cause most of the few problems. People who come in to have their lunch/picnic/barbeque often leave litter or worse with throwaway barbeques leaving a dangerously hot patch or dead grass. The other troublesome groups are the late night visitors , generally exiting the town centre. If your mission is to increase use of the park, then can I suggest that with somewhere in the region of 1000 flats either approved or in planning just to the West of the Fairfield, then the good dog walkers,joggers and sports folk amongst the new residents should easily fill the capacity. By the nature of their various actives/ interests, one can surmise that they are visiting the park to get some exercise, so the extra 200 odd metres to the existing park entrances will be no obstacle to them using the park. So please encourage use of the park by the positive user groups, but don't open up easy all night access to those who cause problems. I would like to think that Kingston's currently overstretched Police force would agree with me. Have you asked them? If I have got my geometry wrong and you feel that you have to open up more access, then please consider using the non residential stretches of the park as sites for gates, and please ensure they are locked at night. As a footnote, I am pretty sure that there are already some pedestrian gates built into the perimeter that have been long term locked. As far as I know, no one has been lobbying to have them reopened. Regards Bruce Clark

    Bruce asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments, we can assure you that the provision and location of the entrance gates are being reviewed as part of this consultation. 

    The consultation has now closed and your views are being fed into our planning. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can. 

  • This is a very good proposal, I live in an adjacent road and use the Fairfield Recreation Ground at least once a week with my young children. The gates and path will greatly increase the number of users and this increase should not be underestimated. My family will be one of them, for example in summer I will bring my young children into the recreation ground using the gate in front of St Jospeh's and teach them to ride their bikes and when they have learnt we will all cycle each weekend around the perimeter followed by a game of football. I suggest the following improvements: 1) Drawing DD/159/01A - The plan area states the footpath timber edging is flush with the grass yet the cross section shows it has a 25mm upstand. I strongly suggest it should be flush. This is because users of the path including walkers, cyclists and buggy pushers will have to pass each other. A flush edging allows overflow onto the grass for passing and eliminates a trip hazard. 2) The footway is shown as 1.2m wide, this is not enough, t should be 2.5m wide. The reasons include that the gate at the east end in front of St Joseph's will massively increase the number of users of the park. Both for recreation but also of people walking through this area, Instead of currently using Fairfield South or the existing pathway in front of St Joseph's then Fairfield Road, people will enter the park using the gate in front of St Jospeh's and use the new footpath, leaving the park by the existing entrance opposite the Albion pub on Fairfield Road. I have 50 years experience of using Heston Park which has always had a perimeter footpath and the 2.5m width works brilliantly. Also Fairfield Recreation Ground is in places poorly drained, a path only 1.2m wide will force people passing each other, or in large groups, onto the grass which will be turned to mud which will be walked onto the new gravel footpath. I estimate increasing the width to 2.5m will increase the cost of the footpath by 30%, less if it hasn't gone out to tender yet (I am a Quantity Surveyor/Procurement Manager in the construction industry). 3) The gate outside St Joseph's is a great idea. Anyone with children attending a school next to a park will tell you that after school many children enter the park. The new gate will mean that a great many children from St Jospeh's will enter the Fairfield Recreation Ground to play. I suggest that two small metal goals are installed, exactly the same type as in the Elm Road Recreation Ground. These metal goals can be sited where they do not interfere with the new path or the existing football pitch (the children do not need lines, just the goals, their football play area can overlap with the existing football pitch as this would not be in use on a school day.

    Mr Pragmatic asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments, we will take them on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation has now closed, however here are some answers to your specific comments:

    1. Footpath/timber edging: The edging of the footpath will be flush with the grass, this will allow for ease of maintenance of the adjacent grassland and prevent a trip hazard forming.
    2. The footway: The width of the footpath has been selected as it is the width which has been used successfully in other green spaces such as Athelstan Recreation Ground. There is a need to balance the visual impact of the scale of the path with the designation of the site as a conservation area. The 1.2m width is the minimum standard for a highway pavement and as such is generally considered acceptable for the safe passage of pedestrians. We will however consider the option of increasing the width of the footpath but this is likely to be in the region of 1.5m or 1.8m rather than 2.5m. We will discuss these options with our highway colleagues and would be required to carry out further community consultation if any substantial increase in footpath width was proposed by the council.
    3. Gate outside St Joseph's: We have no plans at this stage to install permanent five a side goals within the site, however we will consider this option prior to the start of the next football season when the pitches are being marked out. 

  • I support a perimeter path. I support gates but not at this location. As a parent of 2 little kids, walking south Fairfield is v stressful. An entry gate at each southern side allows people to avoid this narrow pavement. I do not think the suggested location of gates minimises people cutting through the field as is suggested. I would support asphalt on the southern side of Fairfield to support people who need a smooth surface as per Athelstan playground (kids recreation mainly) but appreciate this may be unacceptable to others. It needs more opportunities to access the corners of park, not a safe feeling to be there sometimes.

    Alison h asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. The provision and location of the entrance gates are being reviewed as part of this consultation. 

    We will take your feedback on board as part of our planning and let you know the outcome of the consultation as soon as we can. The online consultation closes on 30 November, so please check back here for updates.