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February 2020 - The Shoreburs Greenway opening

The first stage of the Shoreburs Greenway redevelopment was officially opened by the Leader of Southampton City Council, Cllr Christopher Hammond, and representatives from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH). 

The £200,000 project to rebuild and resurface pathways began in 2018 and runs from Weston Shore to Bursledon Road in Southampton and jointly funded by Solent LEP, via Bird Aware Solent, and Southampton City Council. The main section is now complete providing residents and visitors with improved pathways, leading to play areas and Miller's Pond Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The shoreline benefits from a rich biodiversity and Shoreburs Greenway is a great way to enjoy being outdoors along the coastline without disturbing the protected birds and giving them more chance to feed and rest without being disturbed.

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, commented: "The upgrade of Shoreburs Greenway now provides residents and visitors with beautiful green spaces to enjoy.  We want to ensure that future investment in our green spaces provide a lasting improvement to our City for all our residents"

SJ Hunt, Board Director from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership added: "I think that all of us who live and work in the Solent can agree that its coast and natural environment are truly special. There are unparalleled outstanding environmental assets, including 340 miles of coastline, miles of stunning countryside, and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Through the Solent Recreation Mitigation Programme we are investing £1.35 million, as part of a wider £3.3m investment programme, to bring forward strategic sites across the area; including Eastleigh, Gosport, Portsmouth, Havant and Southampton. I am delighted that Shoreburs Greenway is the first city based project in the programme to be completed and it is a real example of how we can work in partnership to ensure that our cities and green space are connected and complement each other for the benefit of all."

Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH), the organisation that oversees Bird Aware Solent, said "The Shoreburs Greenway is a fantastic area that offers people the opportunity to spend time with nature.  This is a significant section of green infrastructure that benefits wildlife, communities and the local environment. Bird Aware are very happy to have been able to support its creation through the Growth Deal funding we received."