THE completion of improvements to grass verges and pathways on Parker’s Piece has had to be delayed due to recent bad weather.
Excessive rainfall in recent weeks has meant that the work, which was due to be finished in November, will now not be completed by Cambridge City Council until there is a period of drier weather.
The work so far has involved renewing and reinforcing grass areas along previously damaged pathway edges.
The grass edge strengthening works have now largely been completed. However, it was decided that surfacing work on the pathways should be suspended until the adjacent ground has dried out sufficiently, as construction activity during wet weather could cause extensive damage to the grass.
Reconstruction of the path from Gonville Place/Regent Terrace to the ‘Reality Checkpoint’ lamp post has been substantially completed, but work to surface the path from the University Arms corner to the Mill Road/Parkside corner is now expected to recommence in January, weather permitting, and take approximately two weeks.
Remedial work to address flat areas in the path already surfaced, and to top up soil levels and re-seed in areas where the grass has been reinforced, will also be undertaken at this point.
In the meantime the council and its contractor Manit will be monitoring the current temporary finish to the pathway from the University Arms to the Mill Road corner and will consider further remedial work, and salting in the event of icy weather, as the need arises.
A new lighting column for the corner of the park closest to Gonville Place and Regent Terrace will also be installed when it is received from the manufacturer.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “I am very sorry that the improvement works have not been completed on schedule, and that this has caused some puddles to form during the recent wet weather. I would urge all cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care on pathways and verges until we are able to complete the resurfacing process.
“If icy weather is forecast we will ensure that staff are deployed to treat any icy patches forming on the paths. We will be closely monitoring the weather forecasts and will carry out the remaining works as soon as we can.”