Kenilworth locals given first glimpse of ten-year plan for Abbey Fields

By James Smith

18th Sep 2023 | Local News

Locals were asked for their views on Abbey Fields in 2019 through the 'Fields for the Future' consultation (image by Richard Smith)
Locals were asked for their views on Abbey Fields in 2019 through the 'Fields for the Future' consultation (image by Richard Smith)

Kenilworth residents have been given their first look at a new plan outlining the future of Abbey Fields - some four years after they were first consulted on it.

Warwick District Council (WDC) asked locals for their views on the town's largest green space at the end of 2019 through the 'Fields for the Future' consultation.

Residents were quizzed on everything from maintenance of the park to how they travel to use it.

Years after that public survey, WDC has now published a draft of the Abbey Fields Management Plan - which could act as a guide for how the park will be managed for the next decade.

The plan - which will be discussed by cabinet on Wednesday (September 20) - has come after months of delays.

Put together by Idverde, the 258-page document includes plans for a range of topics, including trees, signs, ecology, hydrology, visitors, buildings and maintenance.

A shorter 52-page summary document has also been put together on the plan for the 27-hectare green space.

The plan says the overall vision for the land is: "Abbey Fields is a green space rich in wildlife and steeped in history that protects, conserves and sensitively adapts to the needs of the changing climate and increasing population, whilst providing a high quality welcome and inclusive experience for all users to enjoy the benefits that Abbey Fields has to offer, now and in the future."

Cabinet members will vote later this week on whether to accept the report and act on its recommendations.

Members will also consider whether to include plans to create a cycling route in Abbey Fields which have progressed over the past few months.

Following the public consultation in 2019, over 80 per cent of responses were in favour of cycling in the green space.

A council report ahead of Wednesday's meeting said: "By approving the Abbey Fields Management Plan, the council will demonstrate the vital importance of Abbey Fields as one of Warwick district's premier green spaces. 

"Its significance to the local community was reflected in the interest and feedback received from various stakeholders and the wider public made during the consultation process."

See the full reports here.


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