We would like to thank the Community for their patience while we have been going through this process.
The journey for the Green & Open spaces began in 2019…
- In 2019 the Farley Big Local Partnership held a consultation with the residents on the estate.
- Every household received a leaflet asking them to participate in the consultation and to share their thoughts and suggestions.
- Residents told us that they would like to see improvements to outdoor spaces and new outdoor experiences for people that live, work and play in the Farley Big Local area.
- The Partnership worked with Luton Borough Council on identifying open and green spaces and explored several sites which could be enhanced and more usable for local people.
- This led to the development of plans for green space developments, which have been agreed with Luton Borough Council.
Five legacy projects were identified within the budget
The projects were scheduled to be delivered by Summer 2022; these are:
- The Farley Forest Garden Trail (214 votes)
- The Community Orchard (106 votes)
- The Farley Neighbourhood Park (178 votes)
- A pocket park at Hagdell (49 votes)
- A pocket park at Northdrift Way (114 votes)
The Farley Forest Garden received most votes from residents in Farley Hill and this is why the partnership decided to go ahead with this project first.
However, due to concerns raised by residents the project is running late and may be over budget as we address the issues they raised.
We consulted widely
- Every household in the Farley Big Local area received a leaflet about the consultation in 2019, which gave everyone a chance to share their views and get involved with the plans for Farley Hill.
- Consultation forms were also left at: the Age Concern Luton Charity shop, the Lettings agency, the pharmacy, the local cafes and at the Farley Hill Community Centre.
- FBL held consultation events at Stockwood Park Academy and in community settings including the Community Centre, St. Margaret’s, St. John’s and the Methodist Churches, as well as the Farley Mosque.
- Information about the consultation was posted on the FBL website and social media platforms.
- FBL was physically out in the Community in Market Square to engage residents in the consultation.
- We received 414 responses in total, which helped inform the Farley Big Local Delivery Plan for 2020-2023.
- Following the bigger consultation in 2019, FBL held a smaller consultation with immediate households next to the proposed projects which closed on 31st March 2021.
The Consultation for the Forest Garden closed on Wednesday 31st of March (this was the consultation we did with immediate households only not the whole estate). There were boards set up on the site with artist’s impressions of the proposed Forest Garden and each house on Whipperley Way, Santingfield North and South received a consultation leaflet.
The consultation had 88 responses of which 52 voted for the project, as originally presented to happen. Farley Big Local honoured the vote of the majority whilst taking on board the views of those who had reservations, mainly about road safety and play equipment. We are looking into how to address those concerns whilst delivering the project that people voted for.
Comments and concerns were raised
- A play park on Whipperley Way is not safe for children.
- Nowhere for people to park which will cause congestion.
- Cars speed down on Whipperley Way, which could be a safety concern for children playing.
- Children could get hit from either side of the road when entering or leaving the site/ location is too close to the road.
- Young people will destroy it/ vandalise the equipment & it will become a place for them to hang out, drink and do drugs.
- Residents who live around the green strip are worried about their cars getting damaged by anti social behaviour of youth.
- The Park will create a lot of noise for residents living nearby.
FBL has taken these into consideration, sought advice from Luton Borough Council and play park specialists and thought of possible solutions.
- This project is not a play park, it’s a walking trail with a few natural resources.
- FBL has consulted with the Highways department at the Luton Borough Council, who are in the process of producing a traffic audit for the site. The audit will have suggestions in it to make the area as safe as possible and it will inform the partnership of what safety measures must be in place. This is still pending.
- A play area for young children was planned and if it goes ahead the area will be enclosed by secure fencing. As with any play area parents/ carers must all ensure children are supervised .
- Parking facilities are at Stockwood Park, at Market Square and in the surrounding areas. However, this is for the community in Farley, and is not aimed at attracting visitors from outside so there should not be additional traffic.
- Anyone can walk the trail but due to the site being surrounded by houses and flats it is unlikely that those engaged in anti-social behaviour would choose to meet there. Residents have the option of calling the police if they see suspicious behaviour. Furthermore, the design is all low level, allowing views above equipment. There are no hidden corners.
FBL wants to stress the importance of these projects which were all chosen and voted by residents of Farley Hill. We hope you continue to support the amazing work the residents of Farley Hill are doing for their Community.