Pocket Park Funding gives boost to Flood Meadows improvements

Monday 18th March, 2019

Amery Hill Residents Association (AHRA) has been delighted to announce that an application which was made by the Association to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in January has been successful, awarding £25,000 towards improvements to the public open space at Flood Meadows in Alton, owned and managed by Alton Town Council. The application included three main areas of focus:

1. Upgrade of Lenten Street Bridge including the repair and renovation of retaining wall and riverbank to present a safe, attractive, natural feature. This stretch of the river bank, following guidance from the Environment Agency, will be clad with attractive, reinstated green walls. The project also replaces unsightly tubular metal railings with modern, safe guard rails, and the fabrication and installation of a welcoming archway, designed by a local artist.

2. Dipping Pond – this includes the installation of an accessible board walk leading to a platform made of recycled plastic, so designed that it provides a safe setting for children to take part in educational pond dipping sessions.

3. Creation of an inviting path alongside the northern bank of the river Wey, to a new seating area overlooking a newly-created wild flower meadow. This will create a new leisure feature in an area which is currently overgrown and a focal point for anti-social behaviour because it is hidden from view and difficult for walkers to access or PCSOs to monitor.

The application was formulated by local residents Louise Parker and Charles Kaye (AHRA), with assistance from the Town Council. Louise and Charles said “This funding will enable some neglected areas of Flood Meadows to be transformed into attractive new amenities for our local community”

Councillor Derek Gardner, Mayor of Alton said: “We are so grateful to Amery Hill Residents Association for all their hard work and vision in securing this funding. It is amazing that the community has taken a lead role in helping to secure improvements to the Meadows.”

The works will be carried out over the next 12 months by Alton Town Council with assistance from Amery Hill Residents Association, volunteers, The Alton Society and external contractors.