Lakeside Country Park
|Lakeside Country Park|
Beach Lake, one of the three lakes in the park
|Location||Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK|
|Area||60 acres (240,000 m2)|
|Operated by||Eastleigh Borough Council|
|Status||Open all year|
In April 2005, a band of travellers illegally set up camp in the park and on surrounding land, including allotments, with over a dozen caravans there at one stage. The travellers were there for five days and left large amounts of rubbish behind, which was not cleared for some weeks, and was subsequently set ablaze by local children.
Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
A dual gauge 10 1⁄4 in (260 mm) / 7 1⁄4 in (184 mm) light railway was established in the park in 1992, originally as a temporary layout. A more permanent track was laid down in 1993, as the railway company was granted a three year lease. Five years later, a longer lease was negotiated and construction began on the two stations, Eastleigh Parkway and Monks Brook. They were opened in 1999, although further work on the layout itself was carried out in 2000. A tunnel was added in 2003, and Eastleigh Parkway station was extended in 2005 with the addition of a café and shop.
locomotives number name type railway GAUGE 1001 The Monarch steam ELR 1O 1002 The Empress steam SBCR 1O 2005 Silver Jubilee steam SBCR 1O 2006 Edward VIII steam SBCR 1O 21C1 Channel Packet steam SOUTHERN 1O 7 Sandy River steam ELR 1O 70055 Rob Roy steam BRITISH 1O 850 Lord Nelson steam SOUTHERN 1O 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley steam LNER 1O 10 Sir Arthur Heywood steam ELR 7 4789 William Barker steam ELR 7 3 Francis Henry Lloyd steam ELR 7 1908 Ernest Henry Upton steam SOUTHERN 1O 6220 Coronation steam LMS 1O 6100 Royal Scot steam LMS 1O D1994 Eastleigh diesel ELR 1O 92 Florence diesel ELR 1O 3221 University of Southampton electric propulsion ELR 1O 8 David Curwen steam DR 7 761 Taw steam SOUTHERN 7 no Sanjo steam SJAANR 7 850 Lord Nelson steam SOTHERN 7 no Idris steam MHLR 7
Water sports centre
In 2014 funding was approved towards the replacement of the current lakeside buildings with two new buildings with improved toilets and changing facilities, storage, offices and a multi-purpose function room. The estimated cost of the scheme is £2.5 million, of which £1 million has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus and £371,000 from the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. The new buildings are expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.
- Eastleigh Borough Council: Lakeside Country Park Accessed 2 July 2014
- Romsey Advertiser, 12 May 2005: Firefighters called twice in 24 hours
- Basingstoke Gazette, 14 May 2005: Taxpayers pick up park cleaning tab
- Hampshire Chronicle, 3 May 2005: Why has this mess not been cleaned up yet?
- Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: History of the Railway at Lakeside Accessed 21 September 2007
- "Plans for a new water sports centre move a step closer". Eastleigh Borough Council. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
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