Werrington Brook Improvements



The charity PECT has teamed up with Peterborough City Council, the Environment Agency and other partners and supporters to work on an exciting river improvement programme in Peterborough.

The Werrington Brook Improvements is a 5+ year programme looking at ways of holistically improving a sub-catchment of the River Welland. The area includes Marholm Brook, Brook Drain, Paston Brook, Werrington Brook and Cuckoo’s Hollow. The project involves physical works to the river, and community and business behaviour change work, tackling a wide range of pollutants at source.

The project has been launched following completion of a feasibility study in 2014 by Peterborough City Council and the Environment Agency. The study looked at potential ways that the water quality, biodiversity and amenity function of the water bodies could be improved for the benefit of all. 

What exactly is happening?

The project aims to re-shape and re-landscape five stretches of the Werrington, Marholm and Paston brooks. These are in the Duke’s Mead, Hastings Road, Arundel Road, Ullswater Avenue and Aubretia Avenue areas. These five stretches will be scheduled gradually.

The work will involve putting new features into the brooks to improve the way they naturally function, restoring them to how nature intended. From changing the way the brook flows, to increasing the amount of oxygen in the water, the features will help to clean the water, create new habitats, and provide a more pleasant space for all to enjoy.

Current works

The project has recently completed works on reaches 3 & 4 (Arundel Road and Rockingham Grove). Currently work is progressing on the outline designs for Reach 5, Aubretia Reach, ahead of going out for public consultation in late September. The planned construction start for this reach is November 2017. Please see here for more information.

Along with the Werrington Environmental award, awarded by the Werrington Neighbourhood Council, the project has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the National ‘Big Biodiversity Challenge’ awards, results of which will be known in September.

How can you get involved? We are looking to work with local people to improve the way the environment is maintained and managed to ensure long-term changes. For more information, please email werringtonbrook@pect.org.uk.

Spot a pollution incident in the waterways? If you are aware of or suspect a pollution incident, please call the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 807060.


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