Residents invited to have their say on the new community woodland coming to Amington

Friday, 14th June 2019

LOCAL Amington residents are invited give their views on proposals for a new open space, being created in Amington as part of the redevelopment of the former golf course site.

Consultation on proposals for the wildlife and woodland open space project has now been arranged for the Tuesday, July 2 and Thursday, July 4; inviting residents within and adjacent to the new housing development to view the plans, along with wildlife volunteers from the nearby Hodge Lane Nature Reserve.

The drop-in sessions will take place at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club in Amington, on July 2 and at the Redrow Amington Fairways sales office on July 4. Both sessions will be held between 5.30pm-7.30pm. The aim of these sessions is for interested groups and individuals to have their input on the proposed plans to create an accessible open space for wildlife and residents to enjoy.

Over half a million pounds is being invested in the eight-hectare park project which will start to take shape over the next few months. It will aim to create a picturesque beauty spot rich in wildlife and biodiversity, a community orchard and open space for the Tamworth community to enjoy.

The site will be funded by contributions from the developer of the housing site and additional funding from the European Union Regional Development Fund.

The project is estimated to amount to a total investment of £535k capital, which includes £200k for the footpath and £335k for the woodland area.

The Amington Community Open Space project is part of the redevelopment the former Tamworth golf course site, which includes the development of up to1100 homes, a new primary school, new public open space and a local centre.

The project will design and create a new open space with a mosaic of habitats to increase biodiversity and green connectivity in the area, as well as space for informal recreation and health and wellbeing.

Existing woodland areas will be improved, new woodland planted, meadows created as well as other biodiversity improvements such as bulb planting, bat and bird boxes.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “This exciting project will involve local groups and residents to create an open space for everyone to enjoy. It will encourage wildlife, green connectivity in the area, as well as new planting and space for recreation.

“The launch of the consultation drop-in sessions in July will be a chance for all groups to see the site area plans and engage with what will become a local beauty spot. I hope people will take the time to pop into the sessions at the bowls club or the Redrow sales office and offer their views.”