Come to Pilton Park consultation events this week
Posted on: 24 July 2017
Residents in Pilton and the Yeo Vale area of Barnstaple are being encouraged to attend a two day consultation at their local park this week.
North Devon Council would like the local community to help form a master plan to transform Pilton Park, as part of a project to improve flood protection at neighbouring properties. Council officers and LDA Design, who also designed the Olympic Park in London, will be presenting their ideas at the consultation events in the park on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July between 10am-4pm. They would like as much input from the local community as possible and welcome all those with an interest in Pilton Park to attend.
Pilton Park is currently a flood plain, but a proposed flood defence scheme would see the River Yeo redirected alongside Pilton Causeway in order to reduce flood risk in the Pilton and Pottington areas. Redirecting the river would also provide a unique opportunity to remodel and enhance the park; plans which could include a cafe and toilets, new childrens’ play area, zones for older children and a terraced area ideal for events.
Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We want to try and protect the area from future flood risk and, taking advice from our partners, the Environment Agency and Devon County Council, diverting the River Yeo is the recommended option. Obviously we want to involve the local community in any changes we propose, so these consultation events will be the first step in that consultation process. Re-routing the river will give us the opportunity to make some very exciting changes and we really want local residents and park users to be at the heart of the plans for their park. Please come and see us at Pilton Park next week, or go online and have your say.”
Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “The diversion of the river at Pilton Park is an integral part of the flood defence proposals for Barnstaple, which are designed to protect residential and commercial properties from future flooding. Consultation with local people will be central to these proposals, so please get involved in the events next week.”
Local ward members for Pilton Cllrs Brian Greenslade and Mair Manuel say: “It is important that as many residents as possible attend and in particular probe the effect of these proposals to divert the River Yeo through Pilton Park to ensure that flood alleviation provided by the existing arrangements is not detrimentally affected.”
If you are unable to attend the consultation events but would still like to give feedback on the plans and offer your ideas on the future design of the park, you can comment online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations.Posted in: Community | Environment | Leisure | Planning