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Staunton Country Park update

Here's an update on progress at Staunton Country Park provided by Hampshire County Council:

If you fancy getting active this summer and exploring the great outdoors, why not try out the new Green Grade mountain bike trail at Staunton Country Park. The 7km trail, suitable for beginners or novice cyclists, begins at Staunton Country Park and includes part of Havant Thicket (land managed by the Forestry Commission).

New map boards, showing the entire route, are now in place around the Park and paper copies will soon be available free of charge from the Staunton Visitor Centre.

Upgrades to the three existing walking trails have also been made, making it even easier for people to get out and enjoy the countryside!

Sheet level crossing

On local TV news on 23rd June there was an item about Network Rail’s intent to hold a “referendum” of local residents. Reportedly, they are to be asked to choose between the level crossing being replaced by a footbridge (no mention of cycling), and the level crossing being closed with no replacement at all; NR would use the result of the referendum as input to discussions with local government.

Parents of children at the adjacent primary school are objecting to the retention of the present half barrier crossing.

If cyclists views are to be considered it would be wise to obtain the views of cyclists living in the Petersfield area.

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