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Highbury Fields

Improving the buildings on Highbury Fields

We’re improving the north east corner of Highbury Fields (adjacent to Highbury Grove) where there are several poor-quality buildings in need of replacement. Funding has been allocated from S106 to carry out the work and the first-round of consultation was in March 2018. You can read the consultation report and see the consultation material and feedback in ‘Highbury Fields buildings stage 1 consultation Appendix A’ (below).

As the budget for this work is limited, we have reviewed the scope of the scheme, since the consultation, to see if improvements can be made within the budget available. The original plan - to integrate all the existing park facilities into one new building, including a café, stay and play facility, park keeper and toilets - is no longer a feasible option due to the budget constraints.

The estimated cost of the single building option is £1.6 million, leaving an estimated £1,150,000 funding gap. The scale of the funding gap, coupled with continuing funding pressures facing the council, due to central government funding cuts, and the lack of available external funding, mean we have had to explore alternative plans.

Highbury Fields stay and play services

The council is committed to ensuring that the stay and play provision – currently delivered from the bandstand building – can continue to be delivered locally. At the same time, we have been identifying ways to move the wider building project forward.

The Parks Service, working with Early Years and Childcare Services, reviewed a number of options to ensure the vital stay and play sessions can continue to be delivered locally.

Plans for other buildings in Highbury Fields

The council is working to secure additional funding, which will allow us to demolish the existing café, park toilets and park keepers hut, before building new facilities on the site.

The updated proposal will also allow the council to develop a children's nature garden on the site of the demolished bandstand which will provide opportunities for young people to engage with nature and for outdoor education sessions to be run.
We will keep this page updated as and when decisions are finalised. If you would like to receive email updates, please email and we will add you to the distribution list.

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