Nene Park Trust has developed designs for a new bridge to replace the current Pontoon Bridge in Ferry Meadows, releasing them to visitors for a consultation ahead of submission to the Peterborough City Council planning department.
The new bridge forms part of a range of activities and improvements being developed as part of the Trust's Your Community Greenspace project. This project aims to improve the park to ensure it remains a welcoming and resilient place for visitors from Peterborough and beyond.
Currently in the development phase, the Trust has received money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the ideas process for Your Community Greenspace, ahead of submitting a 2nd phase application in March 2021. If successful, the proposed project will begin in autumn 2021.
Although much-loved, the Pontoon Bridge has needed substantial maintenance and repairs over its 30 year life to ensure it can remain open. In planning for a replacement, the Trust took feedback from a variety of sources regarding what people liked about the current bridge, what issues they found with it and what could be achieved with a new design. This feedback was then used to identify a designer, with Chris Brammall chosen to bring simple engineering and quality design to the project.
More information about the design of the new bridge, as well as the link to a survey where visitors can share their views, can be found here.
Additional plans include improving the Ferry Meadows welcome area and toilets near the visitor centre and further improvements to the Lynch Lake Community Hub, expanding the facilities for volunteers. A Nene Park plant nursery is being created, as are some new indoor spaces for volunteers to work.
Greg Higby, park manager for Nene Park Trust said: "It’s great news that we are progressing plans for the replacement of Pontoon Bridge which is such a key crossing point in the Park. We really hope the public and planners like the design and the National Lottery Heritage Fund approve the project for funding!"
Andrew MacDermott, head of development for Nene Park Trust added: "We have worked hard as a team over a challenging year to work with community partners to develop this project. Pontoon Bridge is just one element of this project and it is great to now be releasing the designs.
"The wider project, which strives to connect the park with all the communities of Peterborough, improving our volunteering, activities and events offer, is really exciting and we have our fingers crossed that with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund we will soon be getting started!"