Pathways at City Recreation Ground to be Upgraded


As part of Newbury Town Council’s ongoing commitment to invest in City Recreation Ground, works will start on 1 September 2020 with our contractors, Star Rubber Environmental Ltd to upgrade the existing worn out pathways using a material made of recycled rubber. The works will take around five weeks to complete.

‘Agri-Flex’ is a 100% recycled rubber product that has been developed to be bound together with high-grade polymer resins to create a strong, durable and long lasting surface that resembles the look of aggregate and can be used within landscaping areas. It provides a resin bound stone effect.

For pathways, this material is more user-friendly as it acts as a safer surface with excellent slip resistance. If someone happens to fall or trip, they will not hurt themselves as badly as on tarmac or concrete. With great porosity, Agri-Flex retains oxygen and nutrients for the root system. It will not create trip points due to root heave and will not trap food or discarded sharp/broken glass. This porous quality also reduces the risk of flooding, run-off or puddles, compared to tarmac or concrete.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said, “We are very proud of Newbury’s open spaces and are committed to providing outstanding parks, playgrounds and public spaces and this includes investing in City Recreation Ground. The use of recycled rubber to upgrade these paths demonstrates the Council’s environmental commitment.

The new pathways will form part of a fitness trail with exercise equipment which will be installed later in the year. User of the area will see some disruption during this time, but it will most definitely be worth it.”

He continued, “There are also plans for a new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area), and the existing children’s play area will be upgraded. We will also be installing solar lighting and we hope to achieve Green Flag status for the area in the future as we have done at Victoria Park. All of these works form part of the Council’s ongoing programme of CIL expenditure (Community Infrastructure levies). These are funds which we have received from developers as conditions of their planning permissions, so there is no cost to our residents or Council Taxpayers.”

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