Woodley Town Council approves new capital projects to improve its services and facilities in Woodley
Eleven new projects were approved at the recent Strategy & Resources Committee meeting, to replace or improve certain services and facilities maintained or owned by Woodley Town Council.
The projects will be funded from earmarked reserves, which the Council has set aside for capital investment projects.
This project will upgrade and improve Christmas lighting in the town centre, enhancing the always-popular Christmas events and encouraging visitors to the town centre to see the lights and Christmas tree, improving footfall. The new lighting will also be energy efficient, reducing carbon impact.
Replacement kitchens at Coronation and Chapel Halls
Coronation and Chapel Halls are popular community amenities and the installation of new kitchen units, cupboards, worktops and flooring will provide enhanced facilities for hirers, increasing income, attracting new hirers.
Line marking in our car parks
To improve safety and reduce any potential hazards by marking out all car park spaces, pedestrian walkway markings, traffic flow markings, pedestrian crossing markings with durable markings, which will last longer, at the following locations:
- Woodford Park main car park
- Woodford Park overflow car park
- Driveway to WPC from Haddon Drive
- Coronation Hall car park
- Chapel Hall car park
- Oakwood Centre car park.
Grass reinforcement on the Memorial Ground path
The desire line path across the Memorial Ground has, over many years, created a shallow trench, which becomes muddy in wet weather and creates uneven ground. This is a very busy pedestrian route and the Council will reinforce it with an appropriate matting tile. The tiles will allow grass to grow through, maintaining the grass finish, while eliminating the wear and tear on the ground and providing a safer pathway for the public.
Replacement of public noticeboards
Our noticeboards are an excellent way to share local, community and Council news and the replacement of our existing noticeboards for more durable ones with increased accessibility will help to continue to provide this service.
We have noticeboards at the following locations:
- Brecon Road
- Butts Hill Road
- Headley Road
- Woodlands Avenue
- Colemansmoor Road
- Hurricane Way
- Woodley Town Centre
- Reading Road / Howth Drive
- Woodford Park (3)
- Kingfisher Drive.
Boiler replacement at the Oakwood Centre
The existing boilers have been in situ since the building opened in 2004 and have exceeded their expected lifespan. The Council is investing in energy efficient gas boilers that will improve the energy efficiency of the building and provide more effective space heating, providing more comfort for users of the Centre.
Refurbishment of toilets at the Oakwood Centre
This project will completely refurbish the public toilets in the Oakwood Centre to a high standard in order to continue to drive business, attract more customers and provide better and more accessible facilities for the public and hirers, while also adhering to new Building Regulations and our commitment to climate change.
Replacement of flatbed pickup
To purchase a used flatbed pickup to replace the current vehicle which, at 22 years old, now requires significant repair and will likely continue to need further repairs. A large flatbed vehicle is essential for moving large items around the Council’s facilities and parks.
Replacement of safety surfacing at Malone Park
Some of the existing surface around the play equipment at Malone Park has deteriorated and can no longer be effectively repaired. The new surfacing will be fully compliant with ROSPA requirements and will provide a safer surface for children to use.
An external water refill station at Woodford Park Leisure Centre
The Council will install a mains fed water bottle refill station on an exterior wall of Woodford Park Leisure Centre for use by the public. This is to encourage increased water consumption and the use of refillable water bottles, reducing the use of single use plastic bottles.
Replacement of the heating system at Woodford Park Leisure Centre
To replace the 30-year-old heating system at the Leisure Centre with a new, more energy efficient radiant heating system, as recommended by Sports England as the most cost-effective option and most suitable for the building and its purpose.
Full details of all of these projects can be found in the Strategy & Resources Agenda Pack, dated 12th September 2023, which is available on our website: www.woodley.gov.uk.