Lytchett Matravers Parish Council
VILLAGE CENTRE CAR PARK
We are delighted to report that the Village Centre improvements, as agreed in our Neighbourhood Plan and published in the joint Parish Magazine/Lytchett Link last year, are about to get underway.
The first stage will be to enlarge and enhance the lower Car Park – increasing capacity from 16 to 28 parking spaces, and adding disabled bays, electric car charging points and bike stands. To ease congestion, there will be a new one-way system, with separate In and Out gates onto the High Street. The new surface will be permeable, with newly installed storm water drainage across the field to reduce the risk of flooding.
To improve safety for everyone there will also be a separate footpath leading on towards the Village Hall. The final stages will be to landscape and enhance the area with new trees, including a substantial feature Oak Tree in the centre.
A full tender process was undertaken for each of the four stages of this work and two local contractors have been appointed – Gould Groundworks and Fletchamoore.
24th August: The drainage works will start on 24th August and will take around 2 weeks. The contractors will use a moving safety fence around the work area to keep everyone safe.
3rd September: The car park work starts on 3rd September, so the lower car park will close for about four weeks. The upper car park will be open, with diversion signs up to remind people to park there, and we are liaising with traders to make sure that we can still get our Fish & Chips, etc. Pedestrian routes will also be diverted temporarily.
The final details of signage, line-marking, installing lighting, benches and electric charging points, etc., will take place throughout October. It is anticipated that tree planting will start in November when the weather is more suitable and will be supported by an opportunity for villagers to sponsor a tree.
We are hoping that other aspects of the Village Centre project will also start soon, including the new steps and landscaping between the Pharmacy and Tesco, and upgrading the safe route to school. This will involve widening and extending the footpath past Rocket Park down to Eldons Drove, to accommodate pushchairs and mobility scooters. The improvements to the High Street crossing are entirely dependent on Dorset Council Highways Department, but the PC continues to press for this to proceed as soon as possible.
WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.