Station Road Gardens
In 2007, Billingshurst Parish Council started
discussing what to do with the former football field and cricket field in
Station Road following the opening of the sports facilities at Jubilee
Fields. A group of Councillors and
volunteers have worked since then to create the very popular Station Road
Gardens, and the Friends of Station Road Gardens (Billingshurst) Limited was
Original ideas included landscaping the perimeter, maintaining a green in the middle for families to play, youth shelter, hard path around the edge, park style railings, arch through to the football field and the banning of dogs. Many of these ideas have come to fruition for the benefit of all of the community. The Parish Council originally agreed to ban dogs from the Gardens, following a close vote in the consultation, but subsequently over turned that decision after community feedback.
With the recent installation of the play equipment and more comments from members of the public, the Parish Council has given a grant to the Friends of Station Road Gardens to fence off the barked area around the new play equipment to prevent dogs accessing the area. This seems sensible and is in line with other open areas in the parish which have play areas with fencing around them.