New plans revealed for Riverside Gardens in Bridport

New plans revealed for Riverside Gardens in Bridport

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:31am 16th January 2020.

It's seen as a valuable green space close to the heart of Bridport - but what lies ahead for Riverside Gardens?

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Bridport Town Council's agreed to look at the future management of all its green spaces after declaring a climate emergency.

The paths at Riverside Gardens run alongside the river Asker and are popular with walkers and cyclists.

A consultation into how the Gardens are used took place last year, bringing together ideas from the community on how the space could be used in the future.

The Town Council have now put together a draft management plan for people to look at.

Among the list of things they're proposing are:

  • Restore and develop new information areas about Riverside Gardens and other local areas of history
  • Develop a new 'pump track' alongside local BMX riders
  • A small community tree nursery
  • Maintaining the planted area alongside the road to create a visual and noise barrier between the gardens and the A35
  • Maintain remembrance/ commemorative tree plantings
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A report from the Town Council says it's also part of their initiative to go green:

"Following the declaration of a Climate Emergency all management plans for Bridport Town Council green spaces are being reviewed.

"The reviews consider current uses and look to improve the areas for wildlife, carbon storage and community use."

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While the plans are ambitious, the Town Council also says it must take into account the rising flood risks.

420 properties in the area are within the 1% annual probability flood extent, which is expected to rise to 590 properties in the future. 

The report states:

"The ongoing operation of the Flood Defence scheme will impact on the ambitions and delivery of this management plan.

"It is essential that the Environment Agency are fully engaged in the consultation and delivery of this plan."

Councillors will discuss and agree on the plans in March this year, with some work taking place as soon as spring for parts of the plan.

We've got until Friday 21st February to give our thoughts on the plans.