‘Dogging’ developments


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Peterborough City Council is digging into its coffers to provide road surface improvements for Splash Lane. According to natural networks project officer James Fisher the Council has received various complaints about the current state of the road surface down there. 

The Council plans to level the surface of the byway and tarmac it from the Woodlands entrance to the Nene Park Trust car park. Apparently, the Nene Park Trust has plans of its own to improve the surface of the car park – possibly tarmacing it, erecting a gate and height barrier and hedgerow management. 

A height barrier will be needed because the suggested improvements will make this an ideal location for travellers, who will not be able to access the Ferry Hill car park once a height barrier and gates are erected there, to pitch-up in their vans and turn it into the usual shit hole, which will cost the City Council even more cash to clean up when they are finally moved on. At least the travellers will keep the doggers away. 

Well known locally as a spot for dogging, a nice new surface on the car park will mean that exhibitionists won’t get their high heels and brothel creepers muddy. And neatly trimmed bushes will give voyeurs a better view. However, the Trust is monitoring the use of the car park and considering its long-term future. There are of course other people who use the car park – ramblers, anglers and so on and their wishes should be considered. 

This is a country by-way. The volume of traffic using it and consequently the number of complaints regarding the state of the road surface must be small. Save on our council tax by filling in the potholes and re-surfacing the lane with crushed stone – the suggested treatment for the lane beyond the car park – and ensure that it retains the character of a country lane not a city centre car park. 

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2 thoughts on “‘Dogging’ developments”

  1. I assume that the “various complaints about the current state of the road surface…” were probably made by the “doggers” themselves don’t you think?

    Either that or the council and the HCA are planning another housing development, this time at the end of Splash Lane and this will pave the way (pun intended) for the construction traffic to get access.

    1. You never know.

      There were all kinds of plans for a new township – akin to Bretton or Orton – kicking around in the early 1970s. The level of development was massive, even by today’s standards. There’s a good chance that the council and the HCA are developing a little bit at a time until the whole place is developed – all be it in a piecemeal and ad hoc way.

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