Discover more about £26 million Whittlesey Washes strengthening

The B1040 Whittlesey Wash Road . Photo: Paul Franks
The B1040 Whittlesey Wash Road . Photo: Paul Franks
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Residents can learn more about the £26 million strengthening of the Whittlesey Washes.

With the next phase of a project to strengthen the bank of the Washes starting this month, people who live and work nearby are being invited to a drop-in session to learn more.

“This vital work will improve the condition of the South Barrier Bank.

Guy Szomi

Maps, plans, drawings and pictures will be on display from 11am to 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 11 at the Scout Hut in Wessex Close, Stanground, Peterborough.

Members of the project team will be available to answer questions.

The three-year, £26m Environment Agency-led scheme will strengthen a 16km stretch of the South Barrier Bank.

The third phase of the works – between Stanground and Whittlesey – will start on March 9.

Guy Szomi, Environment Agency catchment engineer, said: “This vital work will improve the condition of the South Barrier Bank so it can continue to protect hundreds of homes, roads, and railways in and around Peterborough, as well as 8,000 hectares of farmland to the southeast of the city.

“Anyone who has questions or is just interested in learning more is welcome to attend our drop-in session and meet the project team. We’re happy to help.”

Phase three will strengthen the three kilometre stretch of bank between Stanground and Ball Bridge in Whittlesey. A low, 249-metre concrete wall will be built between Stanground Sluice and the car park.

While the work is underway, a signed diversion will be in place for a section of the Green Wheel cycle path (route 21) until November 30.

Construction works are set to be complete by the end of the year.

Bank work will also continue between Poplar House Farm and Bassenhally.

For regular newsletter updates on the project, residents should emailthe Environment Agency.