NEW CITY PARK PLANNED

Nene Park Trust plans am­bi­tious pro­jects in Peter­bor­ough

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

Peter­bor­ough’s green spa­ces could be trans­formed as part of an am­bi­tious project be­ing de­vised by the Nene Park Trust. A ‘Thorpe Mead­ows gate­way park’ be­tween the row­ing lake and Town Bridge is just one of 15 pro­jects un­der dis­cus­sion.

The trust’s board of trus­tees will ap­prove the pro­jects later this year with a fundrais­ing cam­paign needed to bring the plans to re­al­ity.

The im­prove­ments are part of a new Master Plan for the Park - a Trust over­view of its pro­jects up un­til 2050

De­tails are cur­rently lim­ited, but Matthew Brad­bury, the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the gate­way project is“an op­por­tu­nity for those that do not want to walk or cy­cle to Ferry Mead­ows to en­joy a‘ mi­croco sm of the wider park’ closer to the city cen­tre.

He added: “There is much to dis­cuss with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil as the own­ers and cur­rent man­agers of the land in­volved.

“We are very aware too that there is no im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous source of fund­ing for such a project and there­fore prac­ti­cal pub­lic sup­port and a fundrais­ing cam­paign would be nec­es­sary be­fore such a project could even be­gin.”

The pro­pos­als for a gate­way park were re­vealed by Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son in his weekly Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph col­umn.

He said the trust’ s am­bi­tion shows it is “at the heart of the com­mu­nity for all the city and mak­ing it a fan­tas­tic place, to live, work and play.”

The trust has spent six months de­vel­op­ing its plan and has en­joyed “re­ally pos­i­tive early dis­cus­sions with po­ten­tial part­ners,” ac­cord­ing to Mr Brad­bury.

A coun­cil spokesman­said: “We will con­tinue to work closely with trust on their fu­ture plans and un­der­stand the gate­way park idea is still in the very early stages.”

Some of the land which could form part of the planned park

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