Sunday, December 03, 2006
The Skerne at the ward's southern boundary was transformed in 1994. Then a partnership consisting of the EU, Northumbrian Water and the Council returned river meanders to what then little more than a long drain running through a drab open space. The River Restoration Project was part of a Europe-wide initiative, and the results continue to inform river planning today.
The area has now matured. Swans, kingfishers and dragonflies can now be seen in the midst of an urban environment. Even in the depths of winter, the area looks stunning. It's something local people are rightly proud of.
That isn't to say that some tlc isn't needed from time to time. Grafitti on the bridge needs to be cleaned off, and flooding on parts of the footpath make it difficult to negotiate for walkers. The information board has been missing for years, and really needs to be replaced. I'll be raising these points with officers on Monday.