Councillors in Woodlands Ward have welcomed the creation of a new footpath at The Ponderosa, also known as the Jardine Crescent Sports Field, located in Tile Hill. The exciting project will see the creation of a picturesque footpath that broadly follows the perimeter of the park, gracefully winding around the majestic canopy of mature oak trees. The design incorporates an area in the park's south-west corner designated for a seasonal pond, enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings.
The excavation of soil from the footpath construction will serve a dual purpose. A portion of the excavated material will be utilised to bolster the protective bunds around the site, effectively preventing unauthorised vehicles from entering the park. The remaining soil will be used to sculpt one or more small mounds within the park, with the long-term goal of establishing a 'pump-track' for cyclists, contingent upon securing additional funding.
The footpath will be constructed by the City Council's Highways team and has been made possible through funding from a Public Health initiative. Work is due to commence in the next few weeks with the initial setup, including the establishment of a temporary compound to house the welfare unit and materials storage. The Council has also spoked to Mount Nod Junior Football Club to make them aware of the proposed work, ensuring minimal disruption during the construction period.
Woodlands Ward councillors have long called for improvement works in the area. Back in 2021, Cllr Peter Male presented a petition containing more than 200 signatures. He later presented a further petition calling for measures to prevent illegal traveller encampments.
Commenting on the news he said: “This is fantastic news for the residents of Tile Hill. I’m really pleased the Council has listened to the community and made this dream a reality. A new footpath will open the Ponderosa to a wider range of people, including wheelchair users and those with pushchairs. It will also allow for greater access in poor weather.”
Fellow Woodlands Ward Councillor Gary Ridley said: “As well as improving local infrastructure, this work will provide a defence and deterrent against illegal traveller incursions so, we’ve managed to achieve our twin objectives. Well done to council officers, and huge thanks to residents for backing our campaign.”
Cllr Julia Lepoidevin remarked: “This is excellent news! This is a well-used community space, and the path will make it easier for residents to access the park, especially those who have mobility issues.”