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The project is to install a footbridge across the stream between newly accessible parkland north of the CEMEX quarry on Water Lane and Sandgate Park woods. Crossing the stream is difficult and dangerous as it involves negotiating steep, muddy banks as well as the stream which gets deep after rain . A safe crossing point is essential to allow people, of a wide range of physical abilities, to be able to safely cross from one park to the other and take advantage of the longer and more varied walks they offer together, as well as providing a new link to longer walks in the surrounding area. Also, the parkland area is particularly suited for use by parents with young children and persons with limited mobility as it has hard, well made, paths, and the bridge will enable easy walking access to the parkland from the east (from Badgers Holt and surrounding lanes) without having to drive and find parking near the Sandgate Lane/Water Lane entrance.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project is a great idea because it removes a hazard to safety and a barrier to accessibility. Although purpose built paths have been installed in the newly accessible parkland, and these provide excellent walking facilities, the access path from Sandgate Park woods only leads down to a steep sided gully with a stream at the bottom. Linking the woods with the parkland with a safe footbridge provides a larger area of green space for the local community to use which is better than having two separate smaller areas as it provides better walks and more varied and interesting scenery. It will make the parks more of a destination and so encourage more local people to use them - perhaps avoiding driving to green spaces further away. It will not only open up walks across the two areas of park but also new circular walking routes in the wider area, such as with Sullington Warren in the west and Warren Hill in the east and so benefit a wider range and greater number of people.
Steps to get it done:
This project will be a combined effort between the Society and Horsham District Council Parks & Countryside Department. Together we will: - source the materials; - organise the volunteer workforce; and - build the bridge. HDC will take overall responsibility for the delivery of the bridge. The new parkland was created as part of the planning consent for the Millford Grange and forms part of Phase 1 of the creation of Sandgate Country Park. The creation of a country park on old quarry land and adjacent green spaces, and an off-road footpath from Storrington to Washington to avoid the busy A283 have both been long held aspirations of the local councils and community. This footbridge facilitates these by providing a link between public green spaces and footpaths. For over 40 years the volunteer workforce of Sandgate Conservation Society has supported Horsham District Council in maintaining Sandgate Park and this support has become increasingly important over time.
About the space
The crossing point at the eastern end between Sandgate Park woods and CEMEX Sandgate Park Quarry parkland. Sandgate Park is a Local Wildlife Site owned by Horsham District Council. The CEMEX Sandgate Park Quarry parkland is a publicly accessible green space with good paths and benches giving fine views across to the South Downs
Horsham District Council
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The project is now completed. Many thanks to all the donors, to the volunteers and Horsham District Council and their contractor. An update can be found here https://www.sandgate-conservation.org.uk/category/latest-news/ We would love to hear from people about what they think about the new bridge and footpaths. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/SandgateConservation.
When the bridge project was originally conceived it was going to be a relatively small scale construction project built by volunteers overseen by Horsham District Council. The goal-posts have moved considerably over the past few months with the need to re-route paths. HDC Parks and Countryside, who will be responsible for the safety of any volunteers working on the project and the safety of users of the finished bridge have decided that a much more substantial construction project is required and that a contractor is needed to carry out the bulk of the work. There will still be some opportunities for volunteers to get involved but less so than originally envisaged. The money raised by the crowdfund and some significant off-line donations received by Sandgate Conservation Society will still go towards the project and, in fact, will cover a significant proportion of the cost of the entire bridge and paths project. Additional funding is being sought from various sources by HDC. The current plan (subject to change) is that scrub and tree clearing will start this week to enable the construction of the re-routed path on the Cemex side to the chosen bridge site. On Saturday 22 June Sandgate Conservation Society volunteers will help by felling a number of small trees for the contractor to remove. Details of this work party can be found on our Facebook page and website. The main construction activity will take place between Wednesday 26th June and Friday 19th July. Its expected that volunteers will be asked to help with bolting the bridge together on site on Tuesday 2nd July.
Because you have all been so generous we have enough funding for the bridge but we are leaving the funding campaign running for a little longer to raise funds for the extras that will make the project even better. But this isn't delaying the bridge as we now need to sort out the detailed plans with HDC and Cemex before we start work. We want to make sure that we make the most of the money that you have pledged towards the project. When we have more news we will post it here.
Thanks to the support shown towards this project by the local community, the local West Sussex Council Council committee has pledge the full amount available for projects of this type - the full £2500. This, combined with pledges from you means that we have met and exceeded our target. The additional money already raised and raised during the remainder of the crowdfund will be used to make the project even better e.g. improving the paths approaching the future bridge.