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£3.3m for country park

Itchen Valley Country Park in West End will see a range of infrastructure improvements designed to enhances its appeal as a much-loved visitor attraction — and as a local amenity where residents can enjoy relaxation and recreation in tranquil and ecologically diverse surroundings.

Members of Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet have approved £3.3m funding that will bring features including: a new community building to replace the Kingfisher Barn, a central events and welcoming space in the Highwood Barn, a covered outdoor seating area for café customers, upgraded play equipment and improved barbecue and picnic areas, together with additional toilets, better parking and the relocation of a road to route vehicles away from park users.

The funding for the improvements to the Council-operated park will come from developer contributions, the New Homes Bonus and borrowing repaid from future income generation. New build projects will be subject to planning permission.

Council Leader, Councillor Keith, said: “Itchen Valley Country Park is already a wonderful open space and this funding will make it even better as a visitor attraction, and as a green oasis where people can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of the natural environment.”

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