A brief background

Persimmon Homes allocated £52,000 to North Dorset District Council (NDDC) for the provision of Public Art (only) at the Badbury Heights housing development. The agreement states that NDDC should produce a Public Art Plan in consultation with the Town Council.


However, the Town Council has offered to lead on this project due to timescales with the funding, which is due to expire at the end of 2019 and could then be taken back by the developer. Another factor is the forthcoming change as NDDC will become part of the new Dorset Council in April.

 
The Town Council has therefore created a Public Art Plan for Badbury Heights and a working group has been formed (of Councillors, Blandford Arts Society, Badbury Heights residents and the Art department from The Blandford School) to progress the project and start the public consultations. The Town Council does not yet own all the land at Badbury Heights, where three play areas are still awaiting installation (shown on the map below as NEAP, LEAP and LAP[1]) once the developer transfers the land. 

The first consultation took place in December 2018, targeting Badbury Heights residents only, and you will see the responses received from them on each question. This second consultation is to all Blandford Forum residents and will include a face-to-face consultation on Saturday 16th March in the Corn Exchange (as part of the Community Expo between 10am and 1pm), and a Facebook post, newsletter to every property in the town and an article in the Forum Focus with the link to this survey.

[1] NEAP - Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play (mainly for older children but with play opportunities for younger children too), LEAP - Local Equipped Area for Play (For children who are beginning to go out and play independently), LAP - Local Area for Play (Primarily for under-6’s).

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Badbury Heights Map

Badbury Heights Map

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* 1. What public art would you like to see within Badbury Heights? 

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:
Maze
Sundial
Easy to follow nature trail
Sculpture (endangered species, play equipment like slides or tubes)
Fitness trail for all ages
Fountain
Youth shelter
More trees and shrubs
Mural
Benches
Musical instrument
Community Hall

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* 2. Where do you think it would be best located?

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:
Central grass area near Shaftesbury Lane
On the grassed area bordering the back of Glenmore Business Park
Central Green (for fitness trail)
Pread throughout the estate and not restricted to a single location
Along the cycle way (for trail of sculptures)

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* 3. What types of themes would you like to see?

For example, the area was once used for agricultural land, or it could have an historical theme depicting the town’s history (the fire of 1731, Alfred Stevens, Georgian architecture, Bastard brothers, etc.), culture (otters, brewery, Dorset buttons/lace, etc.) or a military theme. 

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:

Nature - trees, flowers, insects, birds
Wildlife - Kingfishers, Badgers, Otters
Dorset buttons/lace
Military, due to road names being linked to military
Fire of 1731
A historical theme, around agriculture (supporting the notion of physical activity)
Town's history or culture
Fitness or music
Georgian architecture

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* 4. Would you like to see something that is also functional? Please give examples. 

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:
Hopscotch, maybe with the numbers as words in different languages
Maze, reading a poem which spirals into the centre
Bus Shelter 
Artificial turf surfaces that are low maintenance and can be used all year
Fitness trail for all ages
Play trail
Park pavillion with gallery or art place, coffee shop or tea room 
Willow dome
Sculpture made into play equipment
Brick wall that older children can play ball games against
Wooden picket fence around edge, with plants that attract insects
Signposting, signage or planters
Tree protection
Bench by the bus stops
More trees and bushes ('living' art)

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* 5. Where would you like to see benches installed?

The Town Council has allocated £5,000 of the total sum to purchase five decorative benches for the Badbury Heights development, similar to the military benches around the town.

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:
Central Green
Along Shaftesbury Lane
Near LEAP play area
By bus stop in Phase 3b
Green in Shaftesbury Lane
Green by Gurkha Road
Sandbourne Avenue bus stop

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* 6. Are there any other types of street furniture (bollards, bike racks, etc.) you feel would be of benefit to the residents? And where would you like to see them located?

Comments from Badbury Heights residents:

Bicycle Racks near play areas
A sign saying 'clean up after your dog'
Bollards around the corners of the square, by Sandbourne Avenue square
More bins for general waste
Benches
Hard surfaces for children playing ball games
Drink fountains
Sinage & planters 
Small Shelter (not bandstand)
Urgent need for a safe crossing/traffic calming device across Rifles Way 
More dog poo bins 
Bollards near bus stops or around footpaths

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* 7. Do you have any other comments you would like the working group to consider?

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* 8. Please provide your postcode, which will only be used for the purpose of this project.

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* 9. If you would you like to join the working group please provide your contact details, which will only be used for the purpose of this project. 

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