A new section of Whitehill & Bordon’s Green Loop – an interconnecting network of pathways through the town – is set to be completed in the new year.  

East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire County Council and Whitehill Town Council have continued to work together throughout lockdown to ensure that the Green Loop is delivered and completed over the next 12 to 18 months.  

The safe, navigable, seven-mile loop encircling the town is part of an ongoing programme to transform Whitehill & Bordon from a former garrison into a green, healthy and connected town. 

There will also be a clear network of paths and cycle ways across the town that will link to the Green Loop. These will connect the town’s major facilities, residential areas, businesses, places of interest and its fabulous open spaces and natural environments. 

The latest stretch of the Green Loop, called the Ennerdale Section, will be completed by Hampshire County Council in the new year and will connect the rear of Oakmoor School with Station Road and Quebec Park.  

As part of our work to help understand the signals that people use to help find and navigate their way around the town, East Hampshire District Council has undertaken virtual wayfinding workshops – using digital mapping and educational task sheets – with members of the community and local schools to produce a wayfinding strategy for the whole town. 

Top ‘hits’ from local schools showed a need for pedestrian and cycle routes to include infrastructure that is playful, active and which provides rest stops.  

The community workshops advised on careful choices round the use of colour, as well as an approach that is consistent around the network which focuses on the convenience of routes. 

Further work with the community to bring the above infrastructure to life is timetabled for early 2021 onwards. 

Cllr Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council Leader, said: “The Green Loop will encourage people to leave their cars at home and travel around the town by walking and cycling.  

“As a project it embodies the three main ideals driving the transformation of the town in that it will reduce pollution by traffic, it will encourage residents to take walks and bike rides and it will connect every key part of the town. I am delighted to see this work continuing at such a pace and look forward to each new section being completed.” 

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:

“The coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we travel with many people walking and cycling more.  I am pleased that our works are on schedule and on budget. The work to complete the Green Loop is scheduled to be complete within the next 18 months. This scheme is part of a range of travel and transport improvements to support the successful regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon from a garrison town into a green, healthy and connected town. The improvements, which will integrate the new developments with the existing town, are designed to encourage people to continue to walk and cycle around the town.” 

Cllr Tina Strickland, Whitehill Town Council’s Chair of Green Spaces Subcommittee, said: 

“We are very pleased to see the Green Loop is progressing well and look forward to being able to promote this wonderful feature for our residents to enjoy.” 

If you have any queries about the delivery of the Green Loop in Whitehill & Bordon, contact the council via email at whitehillandbordon@easthants.gov.uk  

Further information can be found here: 

Whitehill & Bordon’s Green Loop grows