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Consultations over Hazlemere skatepark and traffic calming ongoing
PUBLIC consultations are ongoing over proposals to install a skatepark and traffic calming measures in Hazlemere.
A third consultation asking for feedback on a plan to provide an outdoor gym has now closed.
Hazlemere Parish Council has been canvassing the opinion of residents over its ideas to construct new facilities and improve the village.
HPC chairman Cllr Brian Mapletoft said: “The message is simply; to consult is as import as it is to make decisions. We felt it important to seek the thoughts of the people we represent before we made decisions.”
Councillors have moved to clamp down on speeding motorists along the busy Rose Avenue.
A pedestrian crossing, speed bumps or a rumble strip could be installed in a road which has been beset by accidents in recent years - some resulting in vehicles ploughing into homes.
At full council last night, councillors decided to leaflet a further 700 homes over the proposed introduction of new traffic calming measures.
Meanwhile, members announced the consultation into a proposed skatepark would soon be added to the council’s recently launched new website.
Hundreds of people signed a petition calling for more sports facilities to be built in Hazlemere after the Hazlemere Skatepark Steering Committee first floated the idea to the parish council at the beginning of 2012.
Councillors listened and approved a consultation to find out what support is out there for the mooted facility – which could be built at the Hazlemere Recreation Ground or in Rose Avenue.
But a third survey over proposals to install an outdoor gym, which would be similar to a facility launched in Flackwell Heath, has now closed.
More than 50 people responded and Cllr Mapletoft said opinion appeared to be divided.
He said: “We have some cash spare and wondered [with the skatepark plan] if senior people shouldn’t have something tailored for them so we decided to see what people thought about it.
“While having not looked at all of them, opinion appears polarised – some are quite keen for us to install the equipment and others aren’t.
“I believe the Flackwell Heath project received Lottery funding so perhaps that is an option we could look at.”
Visit www.hazlemereparishcouncil.org.uk for more information.
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