Res­i­dents wel­come £8m gar­den cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 Hours - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

AM­BI­TIOUS £8 mil­lion pound plans for a new gar­den cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough have been given a warm wel­come by city res­i­dents.

Artist im­pres­sions and maps for the pro­posed Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tre went on show at Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Cen­tre in Hampton yes­ter­day to al­low res­i­dents to have their say on the pro­pos­als. The plans are set to be sub­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil next month.

The pro­posed gar­den cen­tre would be built in Cygnet Park, Hampton, across the road from Ser­pen­tine Green, and could cre­ate 120 jobs in the area.

Af­ter view­ing the plans, Vic­tor Ar­nett (67) of Oak Park, Yax­ley, said: “I think it is very good for the area. I would def­i­nitely use it.”

Ger­ald But­ler (62) of Capthorne Close, Hampton added: “I think it should be a bit fur­ther down the road, but it is a good idea. The near­est cen­tre is quite a jour­ney away, so we need this in Hampton.”

Hampton Har­gate parish councillor Mike Brett said that al­though the cen­tre would bring ben­e­fits to the town­ship, he was concerned about traf­fic in the area. He said: “I like the idea of a gar­den cen­tre, but I want to know more about the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially af­ter prob­lems with the new gar­den cen­tre in Eye.

“The jobs side of the plans is very in­ter­est­ing, and we would en­cour­age that in the area.

“The near­est cen­tre to Hampton is Not­cutts in Oun­dle Road, and that is quite dif­fi­cult to get to.”

Char­lotte Swan­son, from Dob­bies, said: “We don’t think traf­fic will be much of an is­sue.

“Peo­ple don’t go to gar­den cen­tres at 9am or 5pm, so there will not be ad­di­tional traf­fic at peak times. At week­ends and bank hol­i­days we think peo­ple will add a trip to the gar­den cen­tre with trips to Ser­pen­tine Green shop­ping cen­tre.”

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