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  • Management Plan: Eastrop Park Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

    Eastrop Park

    Management Plan

    2016-2026

    March 2016

    A 10 year plan setting out the management aims for Eastrop Park, Basingstoke

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1.0 THE VISION ......................................................................................................4

    2.0 INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................5

    2.1 The Aim of the Management Plan .....................................................................5

    2.2 Purpose of the Management Plan .....................................................................5

    2.3 Period of the Plan ..............................................................................................5

    2.4 Structure of the Plan .........................................................................................5

    3.0 THE POLICY CONTEXT FOR THE MANAGEMENT PLAN ..............................6

    4.0 DESCRIPTION ..................................................................................................7

    4.1 Location – Eastrop Park SU646 523 .................................................................7

    4.2 Landform and Drainage ....................................................................................8

    4.3 Land Use – the site and surrounding area ........................................................8

    4.4 Buildings and recreational infrastructure ......................................................... 10

    4.5 Right of Way, Footpaths and Trails ................................................................. 10

    4.6 Access ............................................................................................................ 10

    4.7 Tenure or legal basis of ownership / management / link to designations ........ 11

    5.0 SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT FEATURES ..................................................... 12

    5.1 Summary of Cultural & Heritage Value ........................................................... 12

    5.1.1 Historical Background 12

    5.1.2 Cultural Features 13

    5.1.3 Art 13

    5.1.4 Aesthetic Features 13

    5.2 Summary of the Sites Ecological and Nature Conservation Features ............. 14

    5.2.1 Designations 14

    5.2.2 Habitats type details 14

    5.2.3 Species – Flora & fauna 14

    5.2.4 Alien & Invasive Species 14

    5.3 Main Users and Recreational Value ................................................................ 15

    5.3.1 Site Users, Patterns of Use, Attitudes & Behaviours 15

    5.3.2 Stakeholders: User Groups, Tenants, Franchises and Private Business Operators

    15

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    5.3.3 Community Involvement 15

    5.3.4 Events 16

    5.3.5 Open Space Promotion 17

    5.4 Summary of Operational Practices .................................................................. 17

    5.4.1 Healthy, Safe and Secure 17

    5.4.2 Clean and Well Maintained 19

    5.4.3 Sustainability 19

    6.0 ASSESSMENT & ANALYSIS OF FEATURES AND PRACTICES................... 21

    6.1 Access ............................................................................................................ 21

    6.2 Cultural & Heritage Value ................................................................................ 21

    6.3 Nature Conservation Features ........................................................................ 22

    6.4 Recreational Value .......................................................................................... 23

    6.5 Operational Practices ...................................................................................... 26

    6.6 Management and Resource ............................................................................ 27

    7.0 AIMS & OBJECTIVES ..................................................................................... 29

    8.0 ACTION PLAN ................................................................................................. 32

    9.0 WORK PROGRAMME ..................................................................................... 36

    10.0 ASSET REGISTER .......................................................................................... 38

    11.0 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE .......................................................................... 40

    12.0 MONITORING AND REVIEW SCHEDULE ..................................................... 42

    GLOSSARY OF TERMS ........................................................................................... 44

    APPENDIX 1 - THE POLICY CONTEXT FOR THE MANAGEMENT PLAN ............. 46

    APPENDIX 2 - GENERAL BDBC RESPONSIBILITES .............................................. 48

    APPENDIX 3 - HBIC SURVEY .................................................................................. 49

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    1.0 THE VISION

    Eastrop Park will continue to be one of Basingstoke’s premier destinations, providing

    opportunities for recreation and relaxation to all sections of resident and visitor communities

    within an environment that demonstrates high quality, well maintained contemporary design

    focused around the natural beauty of the River Loddon.

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    2.0 INTRODUCTION

    2.1 The Aim of the Management Plan

    The aim of this management plan (‘the Plan’) is to provide an integrated approach to the

    maintenance and management of Eastrop Park. It aims to ensure the provision of a good

    quality space that is accessible and well connected to the surrounding area, multi-functional,

    attractive and appealing, safe, bio-diverse and is of benefit to the community.

    2.2 Purpose of the Management Plan

    The purpose of this document is to set out guidelines for the future management of Eastrop

    Park (‘the Park’) shown edged red on Figure 2. It is intended that this plan sets out a co-

    ordinated approach to be used by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) to guide

    maintenance and management decisions and future priorities of the Park. BDBC officers, the

    Police, the Environment Agency, Hampshire Highways and Hampshire Biodiversity Information

    Centre (HBIC) were consulted on the production of this plan which was achieved through

    meetings, and through individuals supplying information for inclusion.

    2.3 Period of the Plan

    The plan covers a period of 10 years, 2016 to 2026. Progress will be reviewed periodically by

    BDBC, interested parties and community groups to ensure that it is up to date.

    2.4 Structure of the Plan

    The Plan takes into account the relevant national/local policies and corporate priorities of the

    council. The assessment and analysis section of the Plan includes criteria used by Keep

    Britain Tidy’s ‘Green Flag’ award scheme which is a nationally acknowledged benchmark,

    providing a minimum standard for good quality parks. Full details of the criteria can be found at

    http://greenflagaward.org/judges/judging-criteria/

    In terms of the overall structure, the Plan is set out as follows;-

     The vision for the park.

     Policies and corporate priority context affecting the park.

     A description and summary detailing the features of the park and its immediate

    environs.

     An assessment of the park and analysis of features, outlining areas for improvement.

     The aims and objectives for the park in order to achieve the vision.

     Action plan setting out how the objectives will be achieved.

     Programmes of work.

     How the actions and plan will be monitored and reviewed.

    http://greenflagaward.org/judges/judging-criteria/

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    3.0 THE POLICY CONTEXT FOR THE MANAGEMENT PLAN

    There are numerous international, national and regional strategies, policies and Acts of

    Parliament which are relevant to the management of publically owned land. Below is a list of

    the relevant local documents. More extensive details and links can be found in appendix 1

    and on the council website http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/councilplan.

     The Council Plan 2013-17

     Green Infrastructure Strategy 2013-2029

     Living Landscapes 2014-2017

     Tree Strategy 2014

     Tree Policy 2012

     Pride in our Place – The Community Strategy 2011-2026

     Climate Change Strategy 2014

     Strategic Plan for Sport and Recreation 2012-2025

     Sustainability Policy 2014

     Procurement and Management Strategy 2013-2017

    http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/councilplan