Work to rectify persistent drainage problems at Hobby Close open space in Wecock is now underway.
Havant Borough Council, working with Wecock Farm Big Local, has secured funds to enable the improvement work to go ahead.
Phase one of the work will see the creation of a one metre deep drainage ditch along the south-east side of the field facing Chaffinch Green.
The field and play area have a long history of poor drainage which, from time to time, leaves some parts of it unusable. The newly formed ditch will have shallow side slopes and will end near to the Hobby Close play area into a shallow pond.
The area will be fenced off during the works to ensure safety for residents.
Phase two, due to start early next year will see the construction of a full land drainage system, preventing flooding, meaning the field can be used all year
The overall drainage project is funded from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) award of £49,500 made earlier this year, match funded by a similar amount from Wecock Farm Big Local.
Robert Barker Chairman from Wecock Farm Big Local said “Following recent consultation work, we are really pleased to announce the first phase of our planned improvements to the field at the top of Hobby Close. These improvements will enable usage for a greater period of time each year”.
Local ward Councillor, Prad Bains added “We have responded to residents' concerns and are really pleased to have played a key role in resolving this complex issue by bringing together all the interested parties.
The reduced flooding of this area will make a huge difference to the community with the winter weather on its way, and we look forward to the work being complete."