Restored historic park opens in Towcester
The Watermeadows has now doubled in size and covers around 60 hectares – which is roughly equivalent to 30 football pitches.
It is one year since the restored medieval Bury Mount and first section of the Watermeadows were officially opened, marking the first phase of the Moat Lane regeneration project.
The latest section of the Watermeadows to go public is situated between the Silverstone Brook and Towcester Racecourse and is accessible by bridge from the previously opened section to the west.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Waste, said: “The Watermeadows and Bury Mount have already become a really popular place for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy. This further stretch of land, which lies beside the River Tove and has wonderful views across Towcester race course, is a really welcome addition to the town’s recreational facilities.”
West Northamptonshire Development Corporation has invested over £6.5m in the Moat Lane scheme. This includes supporting the acquisition and restoration of the Water Meadows.
Val Conway, WNDC’s Commercial Development Executive said: “The Watermeadows are a crucial part of the plans to transform Towcester town centre. This historic open parkland will complement the high quality offices, homes and shops that are planned for the Moat Lane area. Located in the very heart of the town, the Watermeadows will be used by local people for generations to come”