A recently launched website by an Eastleigh man www.stonehampark.org.uk was born from local residents concerns over the proposals from Eastleigh Borough Council to develop a green area for housing purposes.
Stoneham Park is the green belt of land between Eastleigh and Southampton that is bounded by Chestnut Avenue, Stoneham Lane and Basset Green Road. Local residents fear that this green gap will be eroded forever.
Evidence has been found that there has been a continuity of a human presence within this area for some 2000 years from a pre Roman time, through Saxon times, culminating in the local Fleming Family who expanded and worked what was to be known as North Stoneham Park. Indeed, the world renowned Capability Brown was known to have been involved with the redesign of the park in 1770.
The new website, although still under construction is being added to and updated on a regular basis. The website is the brain child of James Ford, son of Peter Ford who is the Chairman of the Aviary Residents Association who are incidentally, backing the campaign to save Stoneham Park.
Save Stoneham Park are organising a “red line walk” that will take walkers around the boundary of the area in question that is in the cross hairs of Eastleigh Council’s planning proposals.
The walk is due to take place on Saturday, March 24th, starting at Doncaster Farm Pavillion at 2p.m. This is an ideal opportunity to see first hand for yourself the area of land that contains so much of our local history, which is threatened with development.
Click on the link to visit the website and learn more about the campaign to save Stoneham Park.