The signposting project has started!
This project with bids in to Awards for All, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council and New Forest National Parks Authority and with help time in kind from extended schools is to look and address the following issues;
- Lack of sign posting from Lymington Station to the town.
- Lack of sign posting to show healthy activities in both Lymington and Brockenhurst.
- Safe crossing in the ‘Rail Trail’ between the station and the town on the most direct ‘accessible’ route to the high street.
- Partnership working between the Community Rail Partnership, schools and organisations that can work together for project ownership and successful outcomes.
- Funding to ensure the different projects as a whole are a success.
Therefore the CRO put bids together for sign posting in Lymington, maps, and the production of ceramic blocks to go in the pavement on the suggested route. These have been successful to date with money from the NFNPA, who are paying for the map and board to go outside the station at Brockenhurst Station.
The map will show the town and the New Forest, incorporating the art from the local primary school for local healthy activities, which will be replicated onto brick sized blocks for the route, designs picked from a competition from a local primary school which will be shown in a DL leaflet both celebrating the children’s work and depicting the route between the station and the town.
Also the NFDC have committed 2k in the new financial years budget for installation of these blocks between Lymington Town Station and St. Thomas Church, each location having their own map and board to show, ‘you are here’ and the many services and attractions’ the town has to offer.
Further funding is coming from HCC with a survey that will take place around Easter for people and vehicles per square metre to ascertain how busy etc regarding walking and vehicles along the suggested route. IF it proves to be, which we think it will, busy and in need of a crossing, there will be potentially need for a zebra crossing, which will help support this safe route.
So, all in all, we are off to a good start, with excellent partners who want to see these initiatives in place for a community that values its rail link and wants to ensure the first time tourist by rail knows where they are, what they can do and all importantly, how to get there.
Map artist ‘Alan Rowe’ on one of the last trips of ‘Cenred’ to map the area of Brockenhurst and the forest.
After the initial meeting with NFNPA and NFDC we had to ‘hot foot’ to Brockenhurst Station to meet SWT to deside where to best situate the map board. Therefore Bobby’s car was needed to transport Alans bike he then needed to navigate and map the area and cycle routes. (the shame!)
Rail Development Officer Bobby Lock met with local artist Trudi Lloyd Williams on April 1st at Lymington Town Hall to look at ways to work with children and families on the public art which will form the ‘Rail Trail’. Trudi is an inspirational artist with many years experience and has worked on many public art projects to date, which you can view on her website www.trudilloydwilliams.co.uk . Trudi and Bobby are keen to use recycled local materials to show healthy activities Lymington has to offer, from sailing to walking, swimming to dancing! They are hoping that Lymington Junior school will be involved in workshops which in turn hope to engage families to be a part of this innovative project too.
10th July 2009
Alan Rowe has finished the artwork for the map board and it is fantastic. As usual he has worked incredibly hard on adding bits and pieces requested and this is his best map yet.