Residents have expressed concerns about the nature of works currently underway to ‘regenerate’ a grassy space in their Buckinghamshire town.
Regeneration works in Liston Court Gardens in Marlow commenced on July 31 as a project jointly overseen by Buckinghamshire Council and Marlow Town Council.
The ‘regenerated’ space will reportedly function as an event and recreational area after undergoing hard and soft landscaping, tree surgery, the incorporation of improved lighting and security and the construction of additional public amenity space.
However, writing in the Marlow Life Facebook group, some residents of the town have expressed concern about the current progress of the works, which commenced on July 31 with an estimated end date of early October.
James Keep wrote that he believed he had been “tricked” by the signage advertising a green communal space, referencing what appeared to be the paving over of a previously grassy area with grey concrete, and Mike Walker added: “What they are actually building hardly has any grass compared to the drawing!”
Meanwhile, Mirko Dee said: “Saying goodbye to our charming Liston Court is bittersweet. The construction work in Marlow is really changing the town, and it’s sad to see the loss of its unique character.”
Sarah Brett wrote: “That’s really sad… I loved seeing the squirrels and wildlife!” while Gary Nuttall took a more positive approach, writing: “It’s still a work in progress and it looks like some areas still need to be seeded or have grass laid.
“It looks like it’s going to feel much more open once completed and with additional seating, I think it’s going to further enhance the ambience of the area.”
The dedicated walkways through Liston Court have remained operational throughout the work period and shops and businesses in the area, including The Mixing Jug juice and coffee bar and the Marlow Dentist have also continued to operate as usual.
In a public notice erected at the site in late July, the local authorities apologised for any inconvenience caused whilst the project was ongoing.