At the City Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee last week, we agreed improvements at Riverside as follows :
Central Reservation on Riverside Drive : Due to the nature of this island and with how busy this part of the road is, it is dangerous for staff to carry out cutting work on the grass here. To enhance the approach to the city, removing the grass and replacing with hard standing will be not only tidier but takes away the risk of working on this narrow island.
Installation of bollards between the pavilion and Barnetts Motors : On several occasions, there have been near misses with cars (when football is on in particular) - both bumping onto the grass and coming off. Installing bollards will not only reduce the parking here, on safety grounds, but encourage users to use the car park provided at the pavilion. It will also keep the grass in better condition.
Car park at the pavilion : Due to ongoing complaints, this car park now requires more than being topped up with materials. Proposals are to scrape up existing car park, re-level to ensure water run off and resurface with recycled Tar Planings, making the car park a safer area to use. This will not have the appearance of fully resurfaced hardstanding but will substantially improve the look and performance of the pavilion car park for users.
As I have repeatedly raised the condition of the car park over the years with the council - see below - the improvement planned is very welcome indeed.