QUERCUS - Quality Urban Environments for River Corridor Users and Stakeholders

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QUERCUS - Quality Urban Environments for River Corridor Users and Stakeholders - is a project financed through EU LIFE, the European Commission's environmental fund. It is a partnership between the London Borough of Lewisham, Chester City Council in NW England and 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Each city features a river corridor with similar problems but of varying size, environmental and social characteristics.

Flood prevention schemes and urban development have, in the past, often led to rivers being enclosed in concrete, hidden or ignored. Local Authorities have been reluctant to invest in rivers perceiving that any improvements made would soon be spoilt by dumped rubbish, vandalism and crime.

The QUERCUS project aims to enhance each river corridor to be an attractive feature of an urban environment by transferring the approach of Designing Out Crime from housing developments and testing it in an environmental setting.

Through increased visibility, encouraging greater usage and ownership and clarifying the function of every part of the open space, opportunities for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity will be significantly reduced, residents and users will feel safer and the environmental quality of the area will be consistently higher. The re-naturalised or newly accessible river corridor will then form a central part of a Local Authority's environmental commitment linking Green Networks, cycle routes, areas of biodiversity and recreational facilities.

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Life EU This Project is supported by the Life Environment Fund

Posted on 30/05/2009 , by Paul Chapman