The fa­ther of Peter­bor­ough’s park­ways leaves ‘great legacy’

A trib­ute has been paid to Ken­neth Hut­ton who spent 20 years help­ing to build the city of to­day with Peter­bor­ough Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Peter­bor­ough owes a great deal of thanks to the man re­spon­si­ble for its park­way sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a for­mer col­league and friend.

David Bath was pay­ing trib­ute to Ken­neth Hut ton who passed away aged 85 at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal on July 27.

Ken­neth was chief en­gi­neer at the Peter­bor­ough Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion for 16 years fol­low­ing its in­cep­tion in 1968, then spent four years as its gen­eral man­ager be­fore it was wound up in 1988.

The devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion was re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ation of the mod­ern Peter­bor­ough through build­ing up town­ships, es­tab­lish­ing the ma­jor road net­work and cre­at­ing the Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Ken­neth’ sr esp on si bi li ties in­cluded the park­ways sys­tem which David, di­rec­tor of plan­ning at the devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion, be­lieves has drawn busi­nesses into the city.

He said: “Ken­neth Hut­ton was there from day one to the last day, the full 20 years. He was a plea­sure to work with, and a very skilled en­gi­neer.

“What peo­ple will most re­mem­ber of his achieve­ments is the park­ways.

“They re­main one of the great­est lega­cies the devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion left be­hind and have served the city so well.

Ken­neth was also the con­sul­tant en­gi­neer for Queens­gate and es­tab­lished the city’s ex­ist­ing cy­cling net­work. David said: “Peter­bor­ough had at the time one of the most ex­ten­sive cy­cle sys­tems any­where in the coun­try and was highly re­garded.”

Ken­neth’s son Adrian said: “He was very proud of what he did and what he achieved.”

The devel­op­ment corpo- ra­tion de­vel­oped the Or­tons, Wer­ring­ton and Bret­ton, but de­spite Ken­neth’s best ef­forts the pro­posed town­ship of Cas­tor never went ahead due to the Gov­ern­ment “pur­su­ing other ob­jec­tives,” ac­cord­ing to David.

He added: “It would have brought in sev­eral thou­sand more­house sand sev­eral thou­sand more jobs .”

Ken­neth was di­vorced from his first wife Au­drey.

His sec­ond wife Ge­or­gia passed away a week af­ter him. A joint fu­neral for the cou­ple was held at St Mary’s Church, Or­ton Water­ville on Wed­nes­day at noon.

Ken­neth is sur­vived by his only child Adrian, as well as stepchil­dren Robert, Denise and Mar­cus.

“What peo­ple will most re­mem­ber of his achieve­ments is the park­ways.”

Ken­neth Hut­ton

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