Parks and pavements improvement programme

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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.

Fairfield Recreation Ground is one of the most important spaces in Kingston. With this in mind we have put together a package of investment aimed at improving the site.

Perimeter footpath
One of the priorities that we have identified is to install an informal recreational footpath around the internal perimeter of the site, including the installation of two new pedestrian access gates into the east and west boundary fences.

The recreational path will be made from a compacted gravel material, which as well as being sustainable will blend with the natural aspects of the park. 

The footpath will provide an attractive, safe alternative to the roadside pavement. During the winter and periods of wet weather, the current surface can get very muddy and slippery, which limits the path’s use and can be dangerous. The new free draining, properly surfaced path will tackle those problems, while also ensuring that the park’s exercise stations can be accessed year round.

Our proposed improvements will provide better access for the neighbouring schools that regularly use the park for sports lessons, and the path will offer them a permanent, measured circuit that can be used in all weathers. The footpaths will be carefully positioned on the park’s perimeter, ensuring that they don’t interfere with the existing football and cricket pitches.

New gates
The new pedestrian gates will be positioned in locations which will help to minimise the likelihood of people using the access points as a diagonal, corner to corner, shortcut route through the park. The gates will be fitted with self-closing mechanisms to prevent them being left open.

Benches, bins and plants
Some benches and bins within the park are in need of a refresh and will be replaced. We’ll also remove a number of self-seeded plants and remnant shrubs which are currently obscuring views in and out of the park.

Tell us what you think about the plans by submitting your question or comment in the box below. 

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    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 3 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.

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    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 3 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.

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    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 3 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.

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    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 3 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. 

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    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 3 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.

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    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 3 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.


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

    Georgina asked almost 3 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.

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

    s finucane asked almost 3 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. 



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    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 3 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.

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    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 3 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.