Spe­cial project im­proves ac­cess to Dish­ley Pond

Foot­paths widened to make site more ac­ces­si­ble

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - PETE WAR­RING­TON peter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

AC­CESS to a wildlife area in Lough­bor­ough has been greatly im­proved thanks to a project in­volv­ing the bor­ough coun­cil, a lo­cal civil en­gi­neer­ing com­pany and other part­ners.

Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil has worked with Lough­bor­ough-based CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing to make im­prove­ments to Dish­ley Pond, a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion in Lough­bor­ough for fish­ing, run­ning and walk­ing.

Foot­paths have been widened, con­structed and resur­faced so there is now a two-kilo­me­tre net­work which makes the site more ac­ces­si­ble for vis­i­tors. The work has also been sup­ported by coun­cil con­trac­tor id­verde and vol­un­teers from the Green Gym.

Coun Jenny Bokor, lead mem­ber for Lough­bor­ough said: “I’ve been for a walk around the site and the new paths have made it eas­ier for vis­i­tors to ac­cess and en­joy walk­ing or run­ning around the site.

“The sup­port from our con­trac­tors, part­ners and vol­un­teers in the lo­cal area has been fan­tas­tic; it just shows what can be achieved by hav­ing a joined-up ap­proach to ini­tia­tives like this one.”

The Coun­cil has in­vested £15,000 in the project so far and CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing has do­nated £20,000 in man­power and equip­ment. id­verde helped out by clear­ing hedgerow, and land­scap­ing around the bridges. Green Gym vol­un­teers of­fered their time by cre­at­ing and in­stalling new fish­ing plat­forms.

Carl Roberts, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing said: “We are more than happy to be in­volved in this project by pro­vid­ing our ser­vices to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It’s been en­joy­able to play a part in the new path con­struc­tion as lo­cal em­ploy­ees at CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing reg­u­larly use Dish­ley Pond’s foot­paths for ac­tiv­i­ties such as run­ning and walk­ing their dogs.”

The work has been car­ried out over the sum­mer and fur­ther im­prove­ments in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing the new path net­work are planned for next sum­mer.

Pic­tured from left to right: Trudie Gould, David Bent­ley, Amy Stock­ton from CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing, Dave Woolsey, pol­icy & green spa­ces de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil and Carl Roberts, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of CR Civil En­gi­neer­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.