Following the success of a bid for funding, a firm of consultants, Clear Environmental of Derby, was engaged to deliver the Sleaford Urban Opportunities Study and a series of meetings of stakeholders was held. Several suggestions were put forward and, following a selection process, funding will be sought by the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust to take these further.
Some of the suggested developments are to the West of Sleaford and include a proposed wet woodland area which could act as a reservoir to retain water and a haven for wildlife. This could be an area for public access and be a different kind of leisure opportunity for Sleaford.
Among other suggestions was a soft engineering solution to the problem of bank erosion in the area near the lift bridge and slipway in Sleaford. Coir rolls would provide the opportunity for natural vegetation to become established and backfilling would help stabilise the banks and tree roots. It may be that some of this project could be delivered through volunteer participation but the schemes have not yet reached a development stage and funding will have to be sourced. Nevertheless, this idea is one that the Trust are happy to endorse.