Park Works get the go ahead for Jan 2013

Posted by abernethyparkproject on December 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Great news!

We've secured sufficient funds to begin phase 1 of works at both Williamson & Powrie Parks week beginning 7 January 2013.

Works should be complete by April 2013 (weather pending).

This will mean temporary limited access to some of the equipment at both parks. Hopefully it won't be too much of an inconvenience.

Hard copies will also be shortly available to view in each park.

We've still got some way to go to raise enough money to make all the changes requested by the community in our survey, but it feels good to get started.

We'll shortly be applying for funding for phase 2 works whch including a sensory path, a car park and benches at Powrie Park.

Thanks to all who continue to give their time and energy. 

Check out the 'Donate' page for our top donors and info on what you can do to help.

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Reply Evelyn Margaret Scobie
8:26 AM on January 11, 2013 
As a member of Abernethy Environmental Association I would like to say how very disappointed I am to hear the latest news that P & K Council are not going to be able to do anything about the flooding at Williamson Park as part of the curent phase of the parks project, for reasons given in Jill's post. I wonder if SEPA and Scottish Water are fully aware of how bad the situation is now? Surely something can be resolved by getting together with them and Councillor Anderson? I am also not fully convinced that everything has been explored in relation to the French drain along the top of the park on this side of the fence. I am told by those who know about such things that this could be cleaned out or replaced, which may help the situation. It did help for a while when it was first put in but it is now covered over with grass and as far as I know has not been looked at since then. Lets hope we can come up with a solution soon. Yours sincerely Evelyn Scobie, a very disappointed resident and member of AEA.
Reply Jill
3:02 PM on January 9, 2013 
Thanks for your message Davie. Here's the word from the council architect who has been discussing the problem with Cllr Henry Anderson. 'At the moment we are unable to solve the drainage problem for a number of reasons, the main one being we cannot gain permission from SEPA and Scottish Water to add new drainage for surface water into the drainage system. We have also looked into constructing soakaways on site to store the water, however with saturated grounds conditions and clay soils the soakaways would not drain and we may in fact compound the drainage issue further. Therefore, we are unable to carry out drainage works as part of the parks project and it may need to be looked at as a separate project as permissions and funds need to be sought. We will, however investigate the gulley at the top of the footpath opposite the play area to see if we can improve its capacity to prevent/reduce the water run off down the footpath to the neighbours garden, but ultimately the best solution is to stem the flow of water from its source in the neighbouring field. If the landowner is willing to discuss with us/community then we may be able to tie the flow of water into the field drainage system or direct its flow to a suitable location. ' if you have additional info that could help, we'd love to hear from you as would architect Steven Kane, e: [email protected]
Thanks AEA committee
Reply Davie Orr
7:54 AM on January 5, 2013 
Hi as a resident of hall park Abernethy i would like to know what plans have been put in place to over come the major drainage problem at the Williamson Hall park .This is a problem going back years but in the last two years i have taken it upon myself to try to over come the problem needing to go and check drains on a regular basis sometimes daily if a lot of rain fall i have been in touch and spoken to three diffrent council workers regarding the problem i would be keen to meet somebody regarding the project to share the imformation i have learned over the past two year look forward to your reply