FINAL preparations are being put in place to transform a Popley park.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is set to make £400,000 worth of improvements to Popley Community park in Popley Way behind the Apollo Hotel.

The community park was first developed around 10 years ago.

The additional funding provides an exciting opportunity to upgrade the facilities, and residents are once again being asked for their views on the development on what features could be improved.

Popley West ward councillor, Cllr Jane Frankum said: “The area was used by residents and council alike to fly tip and burn garden rubbish and large tree branches. Furniture, electrical goods and rubbish of every kind were just dumped there for many years.

“Paul [Cllr Paul Frankum] and I said to the council officers we have waited years for this but we would like to consult with the residents and families what would they like to see.

“There are two divisions of money part to be spent on new equipment and facilities and a large amount to get rid of the awful damaged and rusty fencing and improve the landscape.”

The responses received from the consultation will help shape the final design and work is expected to start on site early 2020.

Cllr Frankum added: “This was my late husband’s dying wish and he told us don’t give up till we get our park so yes this is very personal to my family and at last our 45 years of campaigning will be a reality.”

Initial sketches of what the new area could potentially look like have been drawn up by the borough council’s officers, however, they are asking for further feedback on how the final project will look.

Cabinet member for planning, infrastructure and natural environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Popley Community Park is a great neighbourhood facility and this funding is a fantastic opportunity to expand the play facilities and make further improvements."

People wishing to comment and give feedback on the proposals have until December 15 and can do so by visiting or visit Melrose Community Hall.