Consultation days planned for Pilton Park improvements

Pilton Park, under water during flooding

Posted on: 6 July 2017

Work has begun on a master plan to improve and enhance the public open space at Pilton Park in Barnstaple, as part of a project to reduce the risk of flooding at neighbouring properties.

Pilton Park is currently a flood plain, but a proposed flood defence scheme would see the River Yeo redirected through Pilton Park and alongside Pilton Causeway in order to reduce the risk of future flooding in the Pilton and Pottington areas of Barnstaple. Redirection of the river will facilitate delivery of new defences to reduce the risk of flooding at nearby properties and provide a unique opportunity to re-landscape and enhance the park.

Last month, North Devon Council held a series of workshops with key stakeholders, including town and district councillors, the Environment Agency, Devon Wildlife Trust, Historic England and Devon County Council, to discuss the park. LDA Design, who also designed the Olympic Park in London, will use feedback from the workshops to develop some designs as to how the park could be remodelled, which will be presented to the local community at a consultation event in Pilton on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July.

Executive Member for parks and leisure, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We want the whole community to be involved with and get behind these plans. Pilton Park is a well-used and popular park and we want local people to tell us how they use the space and what improvements they would like to see. Please come along to the consultation events in July – we want as many residents from the Pilton area, and anyone else who enjoys using the park, to come along and have their say.”

Executive member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “This is an important step to help protect this area of Barnstaple from the threat of flooding that is predicted from climate change. It is an imaginative scheme that could see significant benefits for this pleasant part of the town.”

Meanwhile, the council has installed equipment at the entrances to Pilton Park, which will count how many people use the facility throughout the year. The data will be used as evidence in support of grant applications for funding to make improvements to the open space.

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