Hawkenbury Pump Track
When it was clear that the Hawkenbury Farm development was going ahead, the Hawkenbury Village Association invited members to submit proposals to enhance the Hawkenbury Recreation Ground with some of the S106 monies coming from Berkeley Homes as part of their development. S106 monies are put aside to provide new facilities in a local area that will have to deal with an increased number of new residents. Ben Hallett read our newsletter in the Autumn of 2016 and proposed a pump track for the Recreation Ground. After presenting his idea at a committee meeting, the Hawkenbury Village Association agreed to support Ben in advancing the idea of a pump track.
Initially the plan was for the old bowling green site to be developed into a pump track. After consultation with the council, it became clear that the council had other ideas for the park that we were unaware of at the time. The bowling green had already been earmarked as a junior football pitch and the council were in consultation with Sport England about this development and the development of the field behind Sherbourne Close.
Ben, representatives of the HVA committee and the council met on site in the Spring to look at suitable alternative sites within the Recreation ground for siting the pump track. The area behind the all weather pitch was deemed suitable as it was fairly level, surrounded by mature trees to provide some screening and had the necessary access to make it feasible.
We are now in the process of drawing up a formal design for the pump track in the new location and hope to be able to present this to our members and the wider public in due course. Once the design is complete, we can then decide on the next steps and whether we will ask the council to go to full planning on the idea.
In the interim, we have put together a FAQ for our members and the wider public regarding the pump track. These questions have been asked at the various outing we have had over the summer along with questions from the website and Facebook. If we have missed something or you have a question that we have not answered, please comment below.
You can access the FAQ here.