Opening of public green space at Faraday Road, Newbury
The former football ground has been opened as a temporary public sport and recreation space.
The former Faraday Road football ground site in Newbury has been opened as a temporary public sport and recreation space.
The site, which forms part of the London Road Industrial Estate, was vacated three years ago to allow plans to be brought forward for significant investment, including the creation of an attractive new mixed commercial and residential development.
Following an arson attack on 13th August, however, the clubhouse was partially destroyed and on the advice of Building Control was subsequently demolished in the interests of public safety. As a result of this demolition work, only the concrete base of the former clubhouse remains and is likely to remain in situ for the time being.
In the meantime, the Council agreed to carry out works to make the site safe and to open it up as public recreation space by mid-December. This has now been completed and sections of fencing around the site have been removed to allow access for local people from this week.
"We're really pleased to be opening this space up to the community on schedule.
"This is good news for local people, who will be able use it for exercise, informal sports and recreation while we bring forward plans to develop the site as part of ambitious plans for the London Road Industrial Estate."