Issue date: 11 April 2011
It is reported (by Peterborough Today) that a major project to improve boating facilities on the River Nene and boost tourism in Peterborough has been launched. It involves the Environment Agency teaming up with Peterborough City Council to revitalise the banks by spending £600,000 on a host of improvements at Orton Mere.
The works are said to include new moorings, the re-profiling of the riverbank, replacement of failing river piles and the creation of a fixed landing stage and 48-hour visitor mooring. Facilities for canoe access and storage will also be provided.
The council has helped fund the project to ensure that as Peterborough grows, access to green spaces and waterways are improved and intends to use sympathetic materials to increase its sustainability.
Navigation restrictions will be in place on the river during the project, which will take until June to complete but it is planned that Orton Lock will re-open for the Easter break, from 22 April to 2 May.