Tuesday 5 October, saw the official re-opening of the newly redeveloped Bridge Place Corner taking place.
Members and Officers of the Parish Council, volunteers, members of Bridge Street Working Group, and residents of Bridge Place welcomed representatives from Lovell Homes, including Robert Adams, Regional Managing Director. Robert and resident David Willey cut the ribbon and re-opened the area.
Following pipe installation works in 2019, Bridge Place Corner was left in need of redevelopment and this was carried out jointly between the Bridge Street Working Group and volunteers, who are doing so much to improve Saxilby Waterfront, and Lovell Homes.
Lovell Homes were instrumental in moving the Bridge Place Corner improvements forward, by kindly donating and installing the new curved path that runs across the corner of the area, they have also planted a tree to leave a lasting feature for future generations.
The new bench was installed following grants from the Canal and River Trust and Cllr Jackie Brockway.
The Parish Council would like to extend its thanks to, the Bridge Street Working Group volunteers for their tireless and ongoing work in the conservation area, Lovell Homes for their contributions towards this project, the residents of Bridge Place for their patience as the work has been carried out and for their donations towards the project.
Shelia Hughes, a member of Bridge Street Working Group commented ‘The working group and volunteers have worked tirelessly to make improvements to this heritage area in-line with our master plan. We are delighted that residents are sitting on the bench and enjoying this little garden and views of the waterfront.’
Robert Adams said ‘It was a privilege to attend the official opening of Bridge Place Corner, where there is an arched path which we provided funding for, near to our Ingleby View development in Saxilby. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this opening has been a long time in the making, but we’re thrilled to have been able to attend and see the unique bench sitting in pride of place for the local community to enjoy.’
Local Resident David Willey added: ‘We’ve lived here a long time, and since this area has been redeveloped it’s really made an amazing difference to the end of the road.’
Parish Council Chairman David Cotton concluded by saying: ‘I am very pleased with the work undertaken by the Bridge Street Working Group in partnership with Lovell Homes, the developer of the Ingleby View site. The redevelopment on the corner of Bridge Street and Bridge Place improves the area for all of us, but especially the residents of Bridge Place, some of whom made financial contributions to the work and others who have been among the company of the volunteers.
It was good to meet Regional Director for Lovells Robert Adams again and for him and David Willey to simultaneously cut the ribbon. This is just one small but important part of the heritage restoration of Bridge Street and the conservation area. My thanks and the thanks of the parish council go to all who have contributed either financially or with time and toil.’