Why trust is at the heart of com­mu­nity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Westminster Life -

One of the ben­e­fits of Par­lia­ment not sit­ting in Au­gust is that it gives Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment like my­self the op­por­tu­nity to catch up with a wide range of or­gan­i­sa­tions in their con­stituen­cies - to learn more about their ac­tiv­i­ties, plans and just what they do on a day to day ba­sis - some­thing we strug­gle to do for most of the year be­cause of time con­straints.

This week, I’ve vis­ited St Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Hy­drother­apy Pool, Dogsthorpe Fire Sta­tion, the Shine Char­ity, our lo­cal Wildlife Trust, Ra­dio Peter­bor­ough, the Na­tional Cit­i­zens Ser­vice and the Nene Park Trust.

The lat­ter is unar­guably one of the un­al­loyed jewels in Peter­bor­ough’s crown and prob­a­bly the finest legacy of the 20-year dom­i­nance of the Peter­bor­ough Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion over the city be­tween 1968 and 1988. It rightly at­tracts plau­dits across the UK for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the pro­vi­sion of pub­lic open space, com­mu­nal park­land, leisure and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, na­ture, her­itage and bio­di­ver­sity.

Read­ers will know that I have re­cently strongly ad­vo­cated a new Flag Fen Bronze Age Park in the east of our area but we are lucky also to have the River Nene val­ley to com­ple­ment such a project, with Ro­man and Saxon arte­facts west of Peter­bor­ough and at Or­ton Mere and Ferry Mead­ows too, as well as our fabu- lous mu­seum and beau­ti­ful me­dieval cathe­dral at the city’s heart.

It’s not a crit­i­cism but the Trust has had a low pro­file for quite a while, bar­ring the odd ker­fuf­fle and con­tro­versy cen­tred around the Fire­works Fi­esta or park­ing charges. It’s qui­etly done its job up­grad­ing the park for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the city and de­vel­op­ing bet­ter cater­ing, sports and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, for in­stance.

I’m pleased to say that the se­nior staff at the Trust have big ideas and a vi­sion for the fu­ture: their num­ber one project in the 15 year mas­ter­plan is some­thing close to my heart - the devel­op­ment of a new pub­lic space in the city cen­tre be­tween the row­ing lake and the Town Bridge, des­ig­nated as the Thorpe Mead­ows Gate­way Park.

Ear­lier this year, I cy­cled along the river path op­po­site Rail­world with my fam­ily and was dis­ap­pointed how scruffy, unloved and un­kempt it looked. Quite sim­ply, the city coun­cil doesn’t have the bud­get to up­grade and im­prove it but Nene Park Trust do have the cash, the ex­per­tise and the vi­sion to turn this ne­glected cor­ner of ur­ban Peter­bor­ough into a lit­tle oa­sis, for lo­cal res­i­dents and ca­sual visi­tors.

The com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the city cen­tre is very wel­come - es­pe­cially the fo­cus on prop­erly util­is­ing the river frontage, prob­a­bly for the first time ever (Flet­ton Quays will also be a boon).

sup­port the am­bi­tion of Nene Park Trust. They’re not just part of the fur­ni­ture but their am­bi­tion shows that they’re at the

of the com­mu­nity all the city and mak­ing it a fan­tas­tic place, to live, work and play and I will do all I can to help make it hap­pen.

The com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the city cen­tre is very wel­come - es­pe­cially the fo­cus on prop­erly util­is­ing the river frontage, prob­a­bly for the first time ever

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