Britwell regeneration nears completion
The final phase of a major regeneration scheme that has provided new homes, shops and community facilities will soon be complete.
Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for environment and leisure, laid the roots of a Prunus Kanzan tree near the entrance to Kennedy Park on 1 December.
The tree is one of more than 200 being planted as part of an ongoing project by Slough Borough Council to re-landscape Kennedy Park and Monksfield Recreation Ground.
The work also involves putting in more than 1km of new footpaths to improve accessibility for all, an outdoor gym and natural play spaces, as well as more than 10,000 seasonal bulbs and 5,000 native plants.
When finished there will be more than 10,000 square metres of wildflower meadow and a sensory garden for residents to enjoy.
There will also be 500 metres of new hedging, improved gates and signage, and a new visitors’ car park.
Councillor Bal said: “I am very impressed with the work that has been going on in Kennedy Park and Monksfield Rec and I’m looking forward to seeing it finished.
“Both parks are already vastly improved from what they were before, providing the sort of facilities we’ve not seen in this area until now.
“I have no doubt local residents of all ages will enjoy using the parks for generations to come. Planting a tree here - and playing even a small part in the big effort that’s going on – was a real honour.”
Councillor Bal was joined by members of the local neighbourhood action group and officers from the council’s parks team.
The visitors were treated to a sneak preview of a new stone bench which has been engraved to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Britwell.
The work is costing around £880k and is expected to finish in March. Once finished it will mark the end of the Britwell regeneration project, which has also seen:
- A new community centre and library - opened by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh in March 2013.
- A total of 86 brand new high-spec council homes for people on the housing register, built in various locations, including the site of the Jolly Londoner public house, Newbeech care home, the old Wentworth petrol station, the old Britwell library, and in a new development off Wentworth Avenue and Long Furlong Drive.
- A new shopping area to replace the run down parade.
- A new pathway linking Britwell and Northborough.
- A new, accessible floodlit multi-use games court and adjacent modern skate park in Monksfield Recreation Ground.
- A new scout and guide headquarters at Kennedy Park.