The Green Loop
As part of our vision for Whitehill & Bordon to be a green healthy and connected town, a Green Loop is currently being installed and, upon completion, will include the following:
- A 7km loop encircling, and connecting, the new and existing town. It will provide a high quality, safe and well-signed route, which connects the town’s greenspaces such as: the Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure. All of which are managed by the Deadwater Valley Trust (DVT), Bordon Inclosure managed on behalf of the Whitehill Town Council and Hogmoor Inclosure in conjunction with the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust and The Land Trust. Plus, it will connect the Pocket Parks (Honey Pin Orchard and Nut Tree Meadow), the residential areas across the town, employment and town centre areas;
- A secondary network of footpaths and cycle routes connecting the town to the Green Loop
- Signage, landmarks and public realm enhancements – to support navigating your way around the town.
How is this being funded and who is delivering it?
The Green Loop Project is being delivered by East Hampshire District (EHDC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) and funded from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and developers’ contributions. The links within the new development sites are being delivered by the developers.
Why are we doing this?
The delivery of the Green Loop will help to create new, and enhance existing, walking and cycling routes in and around the town necessary to increase active travel. The aim is to reduce car journeys and encourage people to walk and cycle for commuting, leisure and exercise purposes.
When will it all be completed?
The Green Loop should be finished by the end of 2021, COVID-19 dependent. For further updates please visit Hampshire County Council here.
The Green Loop – Map
As part of the Green Loop project, the Wayfinding Project will help make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate and move around the town. The Wayfinding Project will be installing signage, landmarks and public realm enhancements to help navigate your way around the loop.
East Hampshire District Council is working with Urban Place Lab and Hampshire County Council to develop this further.
What has happened so far?
A number of community engagement activities were carried out in November 2020. This involved:
- The distribution of 750 school packs;
- The delivery of 5 online workshops with landowners and the community; and
- Site visits with stakeholders.
The key messages from the community online workshops sessions on key aspects that were important to them were:
Colour – Careful choice of colour, Heathland based colours have been chosen in keeping with Bordon’s Landscape.
Consistency – Wayfinding items to be consistent for legibility around the Loop.
Convenience – Making sure the network is convenient for use.
The key messages from the engagement with the school via activity packs were:
Active– Opportunity to be active such as cycle paths, trails and skateboarding.
Play – Play equipment such as swings, slides, adventure play or play areas.
Rest – Places of rest such as benches, tables, rain and sun shelter.
What is happening now?
As a result of these community workshops over 40 wayfinding items in and around the Green Loop are being installed. A sensitive use of colour which is consistent with the town’s heathland surroundings has been adopted, whilst ensuring the designs are consistent, yet bespoke to Whitehill & Bordon help create a sense of discovery, reward, rest and play. These items are also being built by local suppliers. The items include:
- 6x large totems;
- 15x smaller totems;
- 4x benches;
- 10x large blocks;
- 11x small blocks; and
- 3x stacker blocks.
For more information on summary of material used, colour palette, location and images of the wayfinding project please read here.
It is anticipated that the delivery of the wayfinding items will begin late May / early June 2021, the others will take place over the coming months.
What is happening next?
There will be opportunities for public engagement over the coming months as we will need your help with the second stage of the Wayfinding Project.
The second stage will be creating a sense of discovery, reward, rest and play called “Diamond Moments”, this is something that local children within the school’s engagement said they wanted.
More information on these will also be released in the coming months.
Want to know more?
Please do not hesitate to contact us via:
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and/or
- Telephone on 01730 324329.