January 21, 2011
phase of work to create new Burnham public park completed
first phase of a project to create a long-awaited public park
in Burnham-On-Sea has been completed this week.
first reported last
year that work to transform the former Rosewood Farm landfill
site into a new park, called Rosewood Green, had begun,
almost 20 years after it was first considered.
decided in 2009
to spend £2.4m clearing up the former waste landfill site
in order to turn into a public space.
four and a half acre site will provide seating, play equipment,
footpath and cycle way links, plus new landscaping when it is
fully complete later this year.
on phase one of the project began last August and has now been
the first phase, a 'hidden, underground wall' has been built around
the former landfill site to contain any potential leakages from
the former waste.
sub-soil capping layer has been laid and compacted to make the
site ready for a layer of top soil that will form the basis of
the public park.
During the second phase of the project, landscaping of the site
will take place. The laying out and landscaping of the site will
include the provision of recreational facilities.
It is hoped these works will be completed in the spring and summer
of this year with final completion in the autumn and winter of
2011 to allow for good planting conditions.
Bob Filmer told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm over the moon that
the work is underway. It was first considered in the late 1980s
before being taken forward in the 1990s. In the 12 years that
I have been involved, the project has been delayed by changes
in the regulations for dealing with former landfill sites, which
we have now addressed, and a badger sett was also discovered at
the site which required extensive work with English Nature."
District Council's Harley Cook with council Chairman Jane Moreton
and Cllr Bob Filmer at Friday's completion of the project phase
1 and, above, the plans for the new park