Dogsthorpe parking scheme completed

Cllr Bella Saltmarsh
Cllr Bella Saltmarsh
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A £400,000 scheme to improve the parking provision in Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe has been completed.

The council has installed parking bays, resurfaced road areas, and made improvements to two zebra crossings with new beacons and markings in place.

The scheme now provides extra parking for shoppers visiting the stores along Central Avenue between its junction with Chestnut Avenue and Sycamore Avenue.

These spaces are then available at night for residents who live above the stores in Central Avenue.

Trees will be planted in the extended verge areas to replace those lost as a result of the paving works.

Councillor Peter Hiller, city council cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “It is great that these improvements have been made in Central Avenue, for the benefit of the local community.

“There has long been a need for extra parking provision in this area and we are glad this busy part of Peterborough now has this extra infrastructure in place.”

A sustainable drainage system (SuDS) forms part of the parking bay design. This permeable paving reduces the chances of large puddles and flooding.

Councillor Bella Saltmarsh, ward councillor for Dogsthorpe, said: “This area can get very busy especially when parents drop off children at the two schools nearby.

“A campaign to improve parking on Central Avenue has been long in development and those involved are now pleased to see the new scheme in place for the benefits of traders, shoppers and the community.”

Councillor Chris Ash, also a ward councillor for the area, said: “The long awaited improvements to the area by Central Avenue shops are looking good. I hope the wait proves worth it and the much-needed improvements will pay dividends and give a boost to the area.”