We took a walk today to the area of my old childhood home in Alexandra Road, now part of Victoria Park. Mainly to see the newly installed road sign and lectern kindly organised by artist Shaun Badham as part of a project, in partnership with Basildon Council .
The park has been much improved since our last visit. The pathways have been resurfaced and are now pushchair and wheelchair friendly. We were pleasantly surprised to see how neat and tidy the park is being kept, the allotments are thriving and well cared for. The space themed playground that opened in 2016 is well used and appreciated by young families and we encountered several friendly dog walkers enjoying the afternoon sun.
We discovered it’s now possible to venture further north in Victoria Park where previously it had been fenced off. Cutting through the hedge into the field we used to know as ‘Snaggs’ now leads into the new Bellway estate ‘Dunton Fields’. We were most impressed with what we saw and especially pleased to see that a conservation green corridor has been created between Tonbridge Avenue and the Ford’s Research Centre. It was a real pleasure to linger a while to take in the lovely scene. We saw a few butterflies and birds and have decided we must visit again before too long.
Shaun had been planning to hold an event this summer to unveil the sign and lectern. However the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ prevented this from being possible. Maybe something similar can be arranged in the future.