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Norwich MP praises scheme to make local nature site more accessible

July 29, 2011 4:00 PM

Work has now begun on the Marston Marshes Easy Access Project. Norwich South MP Simon Wright put on his wellington boots to join members of Eaton Village Residents' Association (EVRA), Matthew Davies, the Norwich Fringe Project officer and Paul Holley, the City Council's natural areas officer, to look at how the work will improve accessibility of the marshes.

Following a successful bid put together by EVRA, the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund awarded a grant of £49,976 for the construction of a circular walk that will improve accessibility to the marshes - particularly for the disabled.

Mr Wright praised the project, saying:

"Many local people who've been deprived of the beauty of the Marshes will now be able to access the site more easily. I was able to see how the scheme will bring benefits to the many visitors and dog walkers, especially those with mobility problems.

"The importance of the Marston Marshes to the area cannot be underestimated. Whilst walking around the Marsh I met local people who were very supportive of the work taking place. The Eaton Village Residents' Association, local residents, with the support of councillors, should be congratulated for coming up with a scheme which achieves these benefits in a way that is sympathetic to the natural environment."

Mr Gerald Cooke, Chair of Eaton Village Residents' Association added:

"Whilst this work is being done further improvements are in place to attract more wild life including the creation of two pond areas connected to the river. This should give more protection to young fish and thus increase the numbers in the river.

"Another aspect is the creation of an outdoor classroom which we hope, with all weather access, will encourage local schools to visit the marshes on a regular basis."