Key feedback included the infrequency of buses, the need to improve existing footpaths, add additional cycle paths and improving safety for cyclists on the main roads.
How can the variety of sports facilities and space for non-organised sport be improved in Shinfield?
Improved collaboration between landowners, Wokingham Borough Council, Shinfield Parish Council and the local community will help to ensure that the sports facilities developed meet the needs and interests of Shinfield. The most recent consultation is a positive example of improved collaboration between the University, Shinfield Parish Council and the community. The feedback has provided a better understanding of demand for different types of sports facilities which will be factored into future development.
As part of the plans for Millworth Lane Recreation Ground, Shinfield Parish Council are continuing to explore options for the development of new sports facilities that increase variety. These include a running track, traverse climbing wall, fitness training, basketball and netball. The Council are also looking at padel tennis and table tennis tables. Any development at Millworth Lane will see a mix of free to use and pay as you go options, increasing access to the facilities for local schools.
The University and Shinfield Parish Council will continue to explore how best to develop current and future plans, taking on board the feedback received to date. However, this is dependent on the funding available and an agreed understanding of how these facilities will be managed.
Is there a strategy for the development of sport in Shinfield?
To improve the joined up development of future sports facilities in Shinfield, the University is working with Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council to help draft a strategy. The strategy focuses on the whole of Shinfield, which is why both councils will drive development of and own the strategy.
The University and Shinfield Parish Council are proposing the establishment of a Shinfield Footpaths and Cycle Group which shall meet twice a year. The group will be able to raise concerns relating to footpaths and cycle paths, alongside ideas to improve active transport and the experience of those who walk and cycle in Shinfield.
This group is open for anyone to join and if you would like to be involved or find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will promote the date and time for the meeting which will be held at Shinfield School Green Centre and includes a walk of the Ridge SANG.