The Town Council, in its role as guardian, wants to ensure the future of Marlborough Common as a wonderful recreational open space for all to enjoy. That's why we are running a consultation seeking views on the creation of a new training area on this land, making more space for sports for young people.
The pandemic has helped to reiterate how important active exercise is to the general health and wellbeing of the community for all ages, from dog walkers to young sportsmen and women. Free access to The Common is everyone's right. The issue is whether the extension of existing facilities would restrict usage for the wider population or whether such provision is of greater importance.
There are stipulations set out in law about what common land can and can’t be used for and these rules have always been followed or permission formally requested for any works. That said, over the years its use has had to evolve with the changes each generation brings: horseracing in the nineteenth century, helping with the war effort with a military hospital during WW2 as well as a school between the 1940s–1960s. Today it is home to a number of successful sports and recreation clubs – a Golf Club, Rugby Club, Model Flying Club, Marlborough parkrun and a Tennis Club as well as offering some space for other sports, most notably junior football. Many events now take place there too – civil war re-enactments, circuses, fairs, food festivals, car boot sales, dare devil stunt shows, even a hot air balloon take off.
This superb open space is also host to the Diamond Jubilee Plantation and its fruit trees as well as much wildlife, flora and fauna – all important to those who regularly use The Common for recreational walks. So, to help future proof this, we are commissioning a flora and fauna survey so biodiversity and the natural environment can be protected.
Before the Council makes its decision on this issue, one which has aroused strong feeling, we would like to hear your views on whether a special facility, roughly the size of a rugby pitch, should be created on The Common.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the blue START SURVEY button to let us know what you think.
THIS CONSULTATION IS OPEN FROM 11 FEBRUARY TO 4PM ON 25 MARCH
Paper questionnaires are available for those unable to complete an online survey. Please contact email@example.com or call 07593 584099 or 01672 512487 to request a copy.
PRIVACY: Marlborough Town Council has a duty to protect personal information and will process personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Any personal data you provide in response to the consultation will not be published and will only be used for the purpose of the Marlborough Common Consultation. The data will be stored on computer and/or manual files depending on how you prefer to take part.
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