Dynamic new strategy for waterway park

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The consortium spearheading the ambitious waterway park linking Campbell Park with Bedford town centre has launched a dynamic new strategy for the project.

A three year business plan setting out the tasks it aims to undertake to make the Waterway Park a reality feature in a new brochure.

The booklet will be unveiled along with the plan at the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Partnership Conference, being held in Milton Keynes today.

Building of the proposed park could see the region transformed, with economic, social and environmental benefits.

The 24km waterway park between the Grand Union Canal in MK and the River Great Ouse at Bedford will boost tourisim and economic growth and facilitate the movement of water to help managed flood risk.

“We have set ourselves some big challenges in order to strengthen our case to partners at local, regional and national level that ours is a project which can have a positive and transformational impact on the region,” said Jane Hamilton, chairman of the Trust.

“With the recent increased emphasis given by the Chancellor, George Osborne, to infrastructure and ecomonic growth across the west-to-east Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge corridor we believe that now is the time to demonstrate that the project is a must. This new brochure will help take that message to a much wider audience,” she said.

“I urge everyone interested in what we are doing to look at our business plan and note the target we have set ourselves.

“We need support in funding and if people think there are tasks where they can help, they should get in touch.

“We need you,” Jane added.