Views being sought on the future management of Flood Meadows

As Alton Town Council looks to review its management plan for Flood Meadows, residents’ views are being sought in the form of a public consultation as to “how Flood Meadow should be managed to meet the future needs of Altonians whilst still preserving its integrity as a mix of recreat2floodmeadowsional space, consisting of semi natural woodland, grassland and riverside nature”.

The Town Council with the assistance of the Alton Society Environmental Working Party, currently maintains and preserves the natural aspects of the grass areas, woodland and the disused water cress beds.   Flood Meadows has been recognised for its conservation work by South & South East in Bloom, gaining Gold Awards in the open space category and the Town Council is extremely proud of the fact that this area is enjoyed by a wide range of users from walkers (many with dogs), ramblers, joggers to schools undertaking orienteering lessons at the site.

The Consultation will help the Council formulate its future management plan for Flood Meadows and Cllr Matthew Bayliss, Chairman of the Council’s Open Spaces Committee, said “I am looking forward to seeing the results of the consultation and to hearing the views, ideas and thoughts of residents and users as to how we can better manage Flood Meadows in the future.  It will also provide an insight into what residents consider could be done to improve and enhance the user experience when visiting what continues to be one of the most popular town centre open spaces.

Residents are invited to respond to the Public Consultation by completing a questionnaire, available from the Town Hall, or by downloading from the website or indeed catching one of the informal information sessions which will be located at Tanhouse Lane entrance to the site between 8.00am to 9.00am. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the week commencing 23rd February 2015.