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Durham City's riverbanks and garden walks consultation


We wanted your views and experiences of Durham's riverbanks and walks to the surrounding gardens.

Background

We are leading a partnership to tap into the huge potential of Durham City's riverbanks and gardens. We would like to improve access and interpretation, undertake conservation management of the natural and built heritage features, and by doing so provide a more inviting destination for residents, students and visitors.

The Steering Group for the project is made up of landowners and other organisations: Durham County Council, Durham Cathedral, Visit County Durham, Durham University, St John's College, St Chads College, Durham BID, the Environment Agency and the World Heritage Site Committee. The group are currently agreeing a delivery strategy based on months of research with local organisations and the community.

The map below highlights the gardens and green spaces in the city as well as the main footpaths that connect them. We were interested in your views and experiences on these walks.

Riverside and gardens map

Icon for pdf Durham City riverside map (PDF, 80.8kb)

Have your say

This consultation closed on 5 June 2018. 232 people responded.

The survey was publicised to people who had already expressed an interest in the Riverbanks and Gardens project through an earlier community based workshop. A link was sent to members of the Steering Group, Durham Area Action Partnership and Durham Voice. A link was also publicised on our Facebook page.

What you told us

  • 57% of responders said they were a resident of Durham City. Only 4% of responders were students.
  • 96% had visited the riverbanks in the last year, and 11 people had not.
  • Of those 11, 5 felt that improved access with the city's other attractions would encourage them to visit and 5 felt that more information about the riverside's heritage and nature would
  • 66% visit the riverbanks for peace and tranquillity.
  • The most common way to improve people's experience of the riverbanks was to provide more information about the riverside's heritage and nature would improve their experience (96); 94 people stated that better footpaths would improve their experience; 79 people cited somewhere to eat and drink.
  • Litter was the most common problem for people's enjoyment, with 54 people mentioning it, paths were the second most common with 38 mentions. One person mentioned the lack of toilets and one person the lack of cafes.

What happens next?

The survey results will be used to support funding bids for the riverbanks and gardens project, in conjunction with the Delivery Strategy already produced. It is not known yet when or which funding pots will be applied to.

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