We've been working with local residents in Sincil Bank, Lincoln to develop new ideas to improve the Sincil Drain watercourse and the spaces that adjoin it. At the end of the process we'll have developed a new masterplan framework covering the area between Spencer St and the East/West Link Road (Tentercroft St). These ideas will then be presented to key delivery partners and stakeholders in September.
Recently we've been discussing ideas with residents at community engagement workshops. Firstly on Sewell’s Walk Bridge on the 19th May and another follow-up session took place on the 9th June on Kesteven Street. During the workshop we rolled out our “street kit” to temporarily re-imagine the layout of local space.
As part of the engagement process local project champions will also engage with other residents and feedback their ideas into the final masterplan being presented in September.
So far over 45 residents have signed up for information about the scheme and 175 votes have been cast in support of some of the ideas which have been put forward. These improvements include quick wins like tidying up the area which includes painting local railings. Many residents would like to make the area more of a people place, improving the wildlife value and appearance of the drain while others would like to see events and markets taking place.
The project has been funded by local business group Investors in Lincoln. Although ideas to improve the drain have been floated before Investors in Lincoln wanted to draw them all together into one masterplan. The masterplan framework can then be used as an evidence base from which bids to fund and develop the identified schemes will be launched.
Sustrans' Senior Urban Designer, Midlands & East, Matt Jenks, is leading on the project and is pleased with the support it’s received from residents so far. He said; “Local people have brought great ideas to the table, along with their enthusiasm and can do attitude. The ideas and projects that are developing from them will provide the ingredients needed for the drain to realise its potential. It’s inspiring to hear about the great work already happening, including RiverCare which is an example of how local people can come together and make a massive difference to their neighbourhood”.