Happer Park plans go to consultation

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Plans for the further development of the W.S. Happer Memorial Park, the home ground of Greenlaw FC, were approved in principle by Greenlaw and Hume Community Council.

The property was gifted by Alexander Gillie Happer to the communbity council in 1978, in memory of his father, William Scott Happer.

In 1993 the area surrounding the football pitch was extensively planted by the Woodlands Trust, to form a community woodland.

In 2010 following the construction of a pavilion by Greenlaw FC, a 25 year lease was granted bythe community council for the area occupied by those premises.

Following recent and extensive work to halt the deterioration of the community woodland and restore it to manageable condition by a group of volunteers led by local residents Jim Barnett and Ian Archibald, plans have now been agreed in consultation with Greenlaw FC. The plans include a permanent all-weather path, the construction of a 5-a-side training pitch, and works to make safe the banks of the River Blackadder.

The plans will now be subject to consultation in the community, and will be refined as necessary to accommodate further features such as a playground area.

Finalised plans will then be costed in detail in order to the support the grant applications for the required funding.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to develop an existing community asset, in a way that will benefit both current users and the wider community. It is also an example of how community groups can collaborate to create potential value that would otherwise not be realisable. We are optimistic that the grant applications will be considered favourably, and that the work could commence in the summer of next year, if all parties play their parts.”

The more detailed plans can be found online at http://greenlawandhumecc.btck.co.uk, and feedback or comments are invited by email to greenlawhumecc@gmail.com.

The plans will also be discussed at the next community council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, in Greenlaw Town Hall at 7pm.