Grant for Towcester Watermeadows

Towcester Watermeadows is set to become a major focal point for the town after £164,062 was secured to enhance the public parkland.

Published: Tuesday, 20th August 2019

The Watermeadows, which were once shut off to the public as part of the grade II listed parkland of the Easton Neston Estate, are now accessible to all.

In 2009 and 2011 South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) purchased the land that forms the Watermeadows for public use.

Cllr Stephen Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for growth and regeneration, said: “Hundreds of people already use the Watermeadows on a regular basis. However, this grant will improve the offer and access, and attract a greater cross section of the public to enjoy this open space in the centre of Towcester.”

The money from the Rural Payments Agency’s Growth Programme Scheme under the Rural Development Programme for England will pay for walkways, a picnic area, a natural play trail and signage and interpretation boards.

Roz Bird, commercial director for Silverstone Park wrote in support of the grant bid and said the Watermeadow improvements would add to the quality of life for people moving to the district and would support their ‘ambition to attract world-class occupiers to Silverstone Park.’

Valerie Allan, secretary of the Towcester Evening WI said community support for the project has a ‘significant momentum’ and would result in: "long term benefits for the tourism and visitor economy of the town and surrounding region, as well as provide educational health and wellbeing benefits to the residents and visitors of Towcester.

For more information see Watermeadows.