Oxhey Activity Park
Background of Project
Watford Borough Council is developing exciting new sports facilities on land north of the River Colne in Oxhey Park.
COVID-19 UPDATE: As you may be aware, construction work on Oxhey Activity Park was temporarily halted on 3 April. This was due to both the shortage of materials necessary to continue the work and the availability of workers – both a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The main contractor, Borras Construction Ltd has advised that their supply chains are greatly improved and that materials and a sufficient number of people are now available to allow them to resume construction on 6 May.
The council has agreed to works starting again based on the very stringent rules and procedures that Borras has in place to ensure that the teams on-site follow the social distancing and safe working practices as set out by the Government and Public Health England.
Some of the work teams live together, which means that they can safely work in close proximity. This is important to know as people may be concerned if they see people working with less than two metres distance between them. Borras has a colour coding system for workwear to identify the cohabiting teams so they can spot immediately if anyone is not following the site rules.
They have also instigated additional onsite parking for workers, a one-way walking route around the site and a one-way system in the welfare units, increased toilet and handwashing facilities, provided hand sanitising stations around the site and put in facilities for people to rest on-site without having to get close to other workers
There is a distance of at least three metres between anyone on site and the general public using the park. At present, we are in discussions with Borras to assess the impact of the delay on the project. We are hoping for completion by early Autumn but will keep you updated.
Plans for Oxhey Activity Park
The development of Oxhey Activity Park is now underway to provide sport and leisure facilities. Watford Borough Council are developing the site to be used to provide sporting infrastructure in line with their aspiration that Watford should be a town in which participation in sport increases for everyone and there is a thriving and vibrant sporting infrastructure.
The development will provide a café with a riverside terrace, toilets with Changing Places services, a toddler and junior play area, improving walking and cycling routes through the park including disabled access, recreation facilities for skateboarding, scooters, blading, mountain bikes and BMX. It will also see a creation of wetland areas in the park and improvements to the River Colne corridor.
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How was the project initiated?
Watford Borough Council undertook a number of consultation events over the last two years. In 2016 Watford Borough Council shared their initial concept for the area to the north of Oxhey Park. This set out how the site could be transformed. WBC received a tremendous amount of feedback from the local community on these plans and revised the plans accordingly. The following stakeholders and organisations have been consulted: Oxhey Park North Stakeholder Group, Hertfordshire Highways, The Environment Agency, The Friends of Oxhey Park and Ward Councillors for Oxhey and Central Wards.
Conditional Planning permission was granted in February 2018. The technical design stage was completed at the end of 2018, but we will continue to oversee and manage all planning related queries and conditions during the delivery stage. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org