to create new Burnham-On-Sea park to be completed this year
major project to create a new public park in Burnham-On-Sea is
due to be completed later this year despite delays caused by wet
weather, it was confirmed today (Tuesday).
first reported here
in 2010 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 proposed.
decided in 2009
to spend £2.4m clearing up the former waste landfill site
in order to turn it 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
Sedgemoor District Council's parks officer, Harley Cook,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Work is progressing in
accordance with the programme for completion in the Spring of
2012 with the exception of the grass seeding."
sowing was scheduled for late October 2011 to allow for growth
and establishment of the mini football pitch and lawn areas prior
to the official opening date, provisionally set for spring 2012."
"Unfortunately, due the persistent wet weather and ground
conditions during the autumn and early winter, the landscaping
contractor could not get the machinery needed on site to cultivate
and seed the land."
"This grass seeding is now scheduled for March 2012 subject
to suitable ground conditions. The knock-on effect will be that
the area will need to have sufficient time to allow for growth
and establishment of the mini football pitch and lawns areas before
making the recreational open space can be fully open to the public."
The contractor, Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd, commenced
laying out and landscaping of the former landfill site in late
To date the contractor has imported top soil to cover the whole
site for use as a growing medium, installed a network of tarmac
footpath and cycleway links, installed seating and litter bins,
installed lighting cables and started the installation of lighting
Work to be completed includes cultivation and seeding of mini
football pitch and lawn areas (scheduled for March 2012), shrub
planting (scheduled for March 2012), wild flower meadow planting
(seeding scheduled for March 2012).
The installation of a new childrens play area is now scheduled
for summer of 2012 and to be completed just prior to the official
opening in late summer or early autumn 2012.
Sedgemoor District Council's Harley Cook with councillor Jane
Moreton and Cllr Bob Filmer at last year's completion of the project
phase 1 and, above, the plans for the new park