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Council announces major upgrades to Embankment area

January 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Tulips on the EmbankmentAs part of the Budget announcement that has already set aside funding for climate change projects, green space investment and improvements to the road network, Mayor Dave Hodgson has also announced a project to enhance the Embankment area. Commenting on the proposals Mayor Dave said "The Embankment is a beautiful space that people across the Borough enjoy. During the day residents can enjoy walking along the river, past the many trees and flower displays that line the area. In the evening, the lighting that stretches the length of the Embankment makes it a unique place to visit. Over the last 2 years I'm sure we have all appreciated the importance of outdoor spaces, so I am very pleased we are investing in this area."

The £1.5 million enhancement project of the Embankment and Riverside area will include pavement renewal, the planting of more trees and plants, and improved accessibility and connectivity with Bedford Town Centre. The announcement forms part of the Budget that has seen other major investments in green spaces, including footways and pavements, protective measures for parks and a major play area improvement scheme.

Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Planning, Councillor Henry Vann also extended his support for the proposals. Councillor Vann said "We all know how beautiful The Embankment is and how important it is - the centrepiece of our town and Borough, drawing people in from across the country and there for every resident. Our town centre consultation highlighted just how important our River Great Ouse is and it is brilliant that we are able to continue to invest in and enhance the area, so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy it for many years to come."