Park life plea

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Iwas re­ally pleased to see Ste­wart Jack­son in his PT col­umn last week cham­pi­oning a plan by Nene Park Trust to de­velop river­side land be­tween the row­ing lake and the city cen­tre into Thorpe Mead­ows Gate­way Park. Back in2009 I wrote about the area in this col­umn. I said: “It is a won­der­ful nat­u­ral re­source to the city, but is un­used by many city res­i­dents and unloved, it would seem, by the au­thor­i­ties. “With a bit of in­vest­ment and some TLC it could be mag­i­cal. For starters, bet­ter light­ing would make it safer and more at­trac­tive. De­spite its beauty it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing at times as there are of­ten gangs of peo­ple hang­ing around drink­ing al­co­hol. “Im­proved sig­nage and bet­ter main­te­nance of hedges and paths would all give the area a lift. I con­cluded: “A lit­tle imag­i­na­tion and a bit of money could make a big dif­fer­ence.’’ I just hope the plans for the area don’t take as long to come to fruition as the ones to de­velop the South Bank (sorry, Flet­ton Quays) have.

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