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Watermead Regeneration Corridor Action Plan

Here is a summary of the Watermead Regeneration Corridor Action Plan and the full document is also available to view.


Short term (to 2018 - Raising the profile

There are a number of short term projects which can get underway almost immediately with low capital expenditure. These are mostly in the form of uses and events to encourage greater usage of the park, ideally through community-led initiatives. 

  • Regular street food/coffee van in the park
  • New toilet block in the country park
  • Community events on canal side green space in Thurmaston
  • Canal boat trips
  • Promotion and advertisement of country park via social media, notice boards, leaflets etc.
  • New/improved existing signage to and within the park, improvements to entrances and advertising the park
  • Habitat enhancements including works to hedgerows, lake dredging, tree and shrub maintenance
  • Increased educational use of the park
  • Re-assess parking charges for the Park
  • Thurmaston Old School church and community centre redevelopment


Medium term (to 2021) - A thriving destination

In the mid-term, the unified management structures should be put in place to help the next wave of projects. Permanent visitor facilities can then be provided along with more significant infrastructure projects.

  • Establish unified management structure for the country park
  • Park visitor centre, play area and canal bridge to Watermead Business Park
  • Development of Watermead Business Park and Charles Street Land
  • Thurmaston canal green space improvements
  • Footpath and canal bridges to connect Raynsway Gap site into the country park
  • Car parking and public realm improvements to Melton Road
  • Pedestrian crossing of the A607 at Lea Bridge Close - Church Hill Road
  • Canal boat moorings at Thurmaston and Visitor centre
  • Connected travel proposals including bus service enhancements, improvements to cycle network and bike hire facilities.
  • Creation of a continuous waterfront footpath and works to Mill Lane and car park
  • Development of Thurmaston village infill sites.
  • Habitat enhancements including naturalisation of watercourses 


Long term (to 2031) - An ambitious future 

Longer term plans include:

  • Redevelopment of Pinfold / Bridge business parks
  • Expansion of marina
  • Country park major events and commercial use
  • Pedestrian and cycling connections to Urban Extensions including A607 crossing at Watermead Business Park
  • Reconfiguration of Melton Road / A607 junction including at grade pedestrian crossing
  • Circular bus route

Read the full Watermead Regeneration Corridor report.

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