Residents are being invited to come and have their say about the future of Fleming Park “Parkland” (former golf course) during a public consultation in July.
The Council is preparing a plan for this area to improve the environment and access for a wide range of outdoor and leisure activities. The ideas in the draft plan build on consultation undertaken in 2009, shortly after Fleming Park golf course closed. At that time the top priorities included; an all-weather trail for walking and cycling, maintaining areas of informal parkland, provision of picnic and play areas and making the most of the natural water feature of the Monks Brook.
Once local people have had their say and their feedback has been collated, Eastleigh Local Area Committee will allocate funding for the priority projects that have been identified.
Staff will be on hand to listen to residents’ views and to present the draft plan for the park at
• Pavilion on the Park – Kingfisher Road – Tuesday 8 July 12.30pm-6pm
• St Francis Hall – Nightingale Avenue – Friday 11 July 12.30pm-7pm
You can also view the draft plan at
where comments can be submitted via a questionnaire or on email.
Work is already underway to the “parkland” through a number of small projects, including clearing footpaths and cycleways of debris, removing damaged chain link fencing, improving muddy paths and tidying the approaches to the motorway underpass.
Speaking to Eastleigh News Cllr Judith Grajewski said she thought the consultation had been ‘hasty’ and was unhappy that any decision regarding the future of the parkland was solely in the hands of Eastleigh Local Area Committee.
Cllr Grajewski said that the facility is an amenity owned by the Borough Council and enjoyed by residents from all over the borough not just the immediate area.
Grajewski thought that the future of one of the borough’s key open spaces should be considered by the full council and by all members not just the local committee.
In response Eastleigh council’s communications boss said in a statement that:
“Publicity around the forthcoming consultation has been advertised widely across the whole of the borough ahead of the consultation period to enable and allow as many residents as possible (and wider than just the ELAC area) to comment and have their say.”