The last couple of weeks have been spent ‘capping‘ the former land fill site adjacent to the Kings Meadows boundary. A membrane has been laid over the whole area which has then had 11,000 tonnes of aggregate packed over it to cap and stabilise the land in preparation for its future use for allotments and grass sports pitches. The area has then been raised with sub-soil and top-soil to complete this phase of the works.
Whilst it has been a busy time with lorries transporting the materials the bulk of this high volume work has been completed and you will now start to see a reduction in the number of heavy vehicles coming to and from the site. A number of people reported that vehicles from our project were using Gravel Hole Lane however it appears that these lorries were from the B1448/A168 slip road improvement scheme. We are informed that this situation has now been rectified.
We have temporarily closed the skate park this week (17-21 September) as part of the land to the rear of the park is required for the grass pitches. This has required the removal of the back fence, levelling out of the land and then re-installation of the fence.
Over the next two weeks soil will be laid for the allotments and works will commence on the 1km tarmac fitness trail to the rear of the site. This will initially entail stripping of the topsoil and starting to form the edgings that are located alongside the trail.
Orchid House visit
We were delighted to be invited to the Orchid House coffee morning on 11 September where we were provided with the opportunity to talk about the project and answer residents questions. It was great to see so many people taking an interest and we hope the session was helpful.
One concern was the height of the stock pile of top soil and we hope that people are happier now that the soil has been redistributed as part of the remediation of the former landfill.
Save the date – residents open evening
We are hoping to hold the residents open evening on Thursday 25 October between 4:40-6:30pm– we just need to confirm the venue.
Whilst this is primarily aimed at those who have expressed an interest in one of the allotments, and those whose property backs onto the site, all local residents are welcome.
The event is being held for people to find out more about the landscaping of the site along the perimeter of Kings Meadows. Where trees are to be planted at the back of properties, those affected will be consulted on the type of species, to avoid concerns over aspect and light quality.
Pedestrian access to Aldi
Whilst visiting Orchid House the issue was raised about there being no footpath between their site and Aldi. Although not part of the Sowerby Sports Village project we can report that the footpath link is part of the planning conditions for the development plot which is currently vacant. Once this plot has been sold the footpath will be installed as part of that development but at the moment there is no indication of when this will be.
Report at 8th September
The Sowerby Environmental Space Project (phase one of the development) is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with a grant of £643,000 and is due to be completed by the end March 2019.
As part of the Sowerby Gateway development 11.1 hectares of land just off Gravel Hole Lane has been allocated for community use for sport and recreation.
The land has been transferred into the ownership of Hambleton District Council and planning permission has been secured to develop the site. The full masterplan includes grass pitches, an artificial pitch, a fitness track, allotments and a pavilion.
The Council has appointed Esh Construction Ltd to deliver the first phase of the project which is called the Sowerby Environmental Space Project. This phase will remediate the land (as part of the area was a former landfill site) and include the installation of a sustainable drainage system. These two elements will prepare the site to bring it into community use. We will also create 18 allotments, a 1 km fitness track and undertake significant landscaping works to increase the biodiversity of the site along the side and rear of Kings Meadows.
Phase one is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with a grant of £643,000 and is due to be completed by the end March 2019.
Work to divert an overhead electrical cable underground will also be completed as part of phase one. This will be done by Northern Powergrid who have appointed Balfour Beatty to undertake the work.
Esh have already cleared the vegetation on site, levelled off key areas and are starting to build a temporary road to provide access onto the site. Next week they will be importing aggregates that will be used to cap the former landfill which is likely to take all week.
Separate to this project Taylor Wimpey are also in the process of starting works to extend the access road behind Aldi to the primary school site which is going to temporarily block our access onto the site we are currently using. As a temporary measure we have been given permission to access the site from the top end of Gravel Hole lane whilst the road construction is taking place – estimated completion date mid to late November. There will be no heavy traffic from this project travelling down Gravel Hole Lane and onto Sowerby Front Street. Once the road is completed we will revert back to the original access point.
The annual maintenance works to trim the hedge along the back of Kings Meadows will be undertaken mid to late October to fit in with the project’s works schedule.
Residents open evening
Towards the end of October the Council will be holding a resident’s Open Evening. Whilst this is primarily aimed at those who have expressed an interest in one of the allotments, and those whose property backs onto the site, all local residents are welcome. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about the allotments and the proposed landscaping scheme. If a tree is going to be planted behind your property, you can also get involved in choosing the species.
The date and venue of the open evening will be confirmed in a future Community Briefing.
Future phases of the project, such as the provision of football and rugby pitches and changing accommodation, are dependent on funding and at this moment in time we are unable to provide any indication of when we are likely to have secured this additional funding. The council is currently researching funding sources that we could apply for and also liaising with the National Governing Bodies for the sports that are included on the site.
For further information email email@example.com
You can also keep up to date by visiting our Sowerby Sports Village webpage at www.hambleton.gov.uk and clicking on the ‘find out about major developments’ link at the top of the home page.
Updated 20:32 - 9 Oct 2018 by Mike Rushmere