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River consultation report published

Published on Tuesday, 13th October 2015

Regattas, punting and public art are just some of the suggestions made in a consultation that asked people how to make the most of the River Wensum.

More than 160 residents and groups got involved in the River Wensum strategy partnership’s survey over the summer, which helped identify issues and opportunities surrounding this natural asset at the heart of the city.

A total of 818 comments were made in relation to factors such as the environment, leisure and business and these have now been collated and analysed into a detailed report.

This document is the starting point for the partnership to draft a strategy and action plan, which will aim to manage the river and surrounding area for the benefit of Norwich and its residents. The area covered by the strategy will be within the city, plus the section including Whitlingham Broad.

Councillor Mike Stonard, chair of the River Wensum strategy partnership, said: “We’ve really enjoyed getting people talking about the river over the last few months.

“By asking the public and stakeholders their views first and sharing expertise between partners, we are well placed to develop a strategy that will make the most of this beautiful natural asset over the coming years.”

Once complete, a draft of the strategy will be subject to a further public consultation to help fine tune the specific topics it will address once implemented.

The final version will then provide a framework for delivery and be able to support funding applications for specific improvement projects.

Norwich City Council is leading on the project, working in partnership with the Broads Authority, Norfolk County Council, Environment Agency and the Wensum River Parkway Partnership.