Waverley Borough Council is seeking views on a project to reconfigure the old golf course at Broadwater Park in Farncombe, into a high-quality recreational greenspace.
The golf course at Broadwater Park was built around 30 years ago on a former landfill site. In recent years it has become clear that significant work is required to ensure the landfill cap continues to function correctly for the future. The golf course itself was closed in 2018.
The council aims to regenerate the site for use by the public. There are many ways the site could be reconfigured, and it is big enough to support a number of different outdoor activities. These could include paths for dog walkers and joggers, pitches for football, a skatepark or pump-track, or even enhancing the area’s biodiversity with ponds and tree planting initiatives. Residents and users of the site are being asked to complete an online survey, to indicate their preference from a range of options, or even suggest other recreational uses for the site.
Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Paul Follows, said: “I’m delighted that we’re going to be able to re-design the old golf course and turn a fairly unloved part of Godalming into a fantastic resource. By including a kiosk and seating area or some other type of commercial activity, we can create a financially self-sufficient community space, that can be enjoyed by all our residents.”
“We are at a very early stage in our planning, so this is a real opportunity for local people to tell us what facilities you want to see and influence the overall design of the project.”
Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Parks and Leisure, Councillor Kika Mirylees, said: “We hope that upgrading this part of Broadwater Park will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of residents. We are excited about creating really high-quality recreational facilities in a great location, which will be a real asset for local people.
She added: “We want to know what activities would provide the most benefit to the local community and users of the park, so I strongly encourage Waverley residents to have their say by taking part in our survey and inform us of what you would like to see on the park.”
To participate in the survey, which closes on 28 February and make recommendations as to what you’d like to see at the site, please visit our Broadwater Park consultation webpage.