Water Meadows public park extended

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PEOPLE in Towcester will be able to explore even more of the land once owned by the Hesketh family after the acquisition of 30 acres of water meadows at a cost of £150,000.

Yesterday the Advertiser learned exclusively from the West Northants Development Corporation that a deal had been done to extend the Water Meadows public park which was opened last April .

The deal. led by WNDC and South Northants Council, is part of the wider project to regenerate the Moat Lane area which has already seen restoration of the remains of the Norman motte and bailey castle and the installation of footpaths and benches in existing part of the park.

Councillor John Townsend, portfolio holder for Environmental Policy at SNC, said: “Since this land was opened to the public a year ago, it has been widely used and appreciated, not only by the people of Towcester, but also visitors to the area.

“I feel that this second tranche with its lovely river bank and views across to the race course is even more beautiful, and certainly the two together make for a spectacular stretch of countryside open for all.”

Peter Mawson, chief executive of WNDC said: “The Water Meadows are a crucial part of the plans to transform Towcester town centre.

“They will provide opportunities for walking, recreation and educational visits for generations to come.”