Boorley Park to get new play area next month

Eastleigh Council reject claim by developers that delays in delivering amenities on the estate has been caused by 'updated requirements'

A typical MUGA court and play equipment installed at Fair Oak

Eastleigh Borough Council has rejected suggestions that it is responsible for delay in delivering community facilities at Boorley Park and has confirmed it will opening a new play area on July 2.

Last week Eastleigh News highlighted the frustration of residents on the new housing development at Boorley Park near Botley. with one resident Liz Clarke, saying that she felt residents had been ‘badly let down; by the lack of promised amenities on the estate.

After the story was published another resident, Tracy Payne took to facebook to say she is “ashamed of EBC and the developers”.

The town planner said:

‘Amenities are meant to be phased in to meet the needs of residents and now more than 1500 live here and have nothing.

No park, no open space, no playing fields, no allotments, no shop and a school that is rejecting applicants despite being necessitated by them.

The drainage doesn’t work; half the trees are dead; no bins (where people actually live); no frequent bus and dangerous walking routes to schools.’

A representative for the consortium of developers at Boorley Park released a statement suggesting that Eastleigh Borough Council had caused delays by ‘updating’ its requirements but a Council spokesperson strongly pushed back on the idea saying.

“The Council has not updated its requirements concerning the two community buildings at Boorley Park, having raised concerns about design aspects in both buildings in August 2019.

There were also omissions to the building such as lightning protection systems which have now been retrofitted and most of the required certifications have now been received. The redesign of the gent’s toilets in both buildings is now underway after lengthy consultation with the developers who have recently informed the Council that they will appoint architects and then embark on reconstruction.

The Council will continue to work with the developer to ensure that fit for purpose buildings are provided for the local community. The Council is willing to take ownership of the playing fields now but the developers have declined this offer as they require the community buildings to be transferred at the same time.

Despite the ongoing  problems the developers have been able to complete and transfer a Multi-Use Games Area to the Council – it was due to be officially opened by the Mayor today (Friday 25 June) but this has now been rescheduled to July 2 due to bad weather having delayed a final inspection.

Residents on other new estates at Crowd Hill, Fair Oak and at Baker’s Quarter in the Town Centre have also reported problems with the provision and management of Public Open Spaces provided by Section 106 agreements struck between site developers and the Council as a condition attached to the grant of planning permission.