Skate Park design consultation June 21, 2014

Skate Park design consultation

Background to the project

In 2011 & 2012, public consultations were held on the future vision for the War Memorial Recreation Ground. We asked you to tell us what you would like to see happen on the Recreation Ground. Your top priority was a new Pavilion, which has now been delivered. Your next highest priority was to replace the existing skate park.

The ideas put forward were all brought together in the New Milton Recreation Ground ‘Vision Plan’ which was approved by the Town Council in November 2011. A ‘Vision Plan’ is a vision of what could be achieved and will inevitably evolve over time and will need to respond to availability of funding for each part of the vision.

In July 2013 we held consultation events on ideas for the replacement skate park and concerns were raised regarding the amount of space that the proposed skate park could take up on the ‘Rec’. To address these concerns the ‘Vision Plan’ was amended and the proposed area for the skate park and refurbished play area was reduced by 168m2 (and by 30m in depth at its widest point).  Click here to see the 2013 Revised Vision Plan.

Design competition & Funding

Please click here for a summary of the design competition process and details on funding.


Download the Skate Park Concept Designs (PDF)

There are some small differences between the two designs – one includes a spine in the back section of the park, which was added at the request of the user group. This means that this option has a slightly bigger footprint than the other option. The art feature is also orientated differently in each design. Please let us know if you have a preference for either option. We are also seeking feedback on the proposal to include planting, which has been designed to amalgamate the skate park into the Recreation Ground.

Provisional timetable

Please click here for a provisional timetable for the project.

Vacancy – Estates & Facilities Manager June 12, 2014

Vacancy – Estates & Facilities Manager

New Milton Town Council has the following vacancy for the right person.

Estates & Facilities Manager – Salary £22,443-£23,945 (Scale point 26-28)

We have a vacancy for an exceptional individual with relevant experience to manage and develop the effective and efficient operation of the town’s Open Spaces and Facilities. Overseeing a team of six grounds staff, the successful applicant will ensure all Council-owned playing-fields, buildings and facilities are properly maintained together with 50 sites of public open space including woodland and common land, ensuring hedge/grass cutting, maintenance of flowerbeds/shrubberies, play areas/safety surfaces, buildings upkeep, operation of vehicles, machinery and equipment are carried out safely.

Acting as “bio-diversity champion”, and working closely with local volunteer groups and representatives of New Forest Land Advice Service (NFLAS), the successful applicant will assist with the on-going implementation of Higher Level Stewardship schemes at Barton Common and Ballard Water Meadow in conjunction with NFLAS, the aim being to re-introduce grazing to those areas. Overseeing events on the Recreation Ground, involving weekend working where necessary, the administration of Christmas Lighting Displays and Market matters will also come under the manager’s remit, together with risk assessments.

We are looking for someone with suitable experience to manage our estates and facilities in a safe and efficient manner, helping to develop all our amenities for the benefit of the town.

If you are interested, download the Job Description below for further details. Closing date is 20 June 2014, with interviews taking place last week of June.