I was shocked today to discover that the area in Penwortham which I have recently come to know as ‘The Meadows’ has been dug up as part of the excavations for the expansion of Penwortham By-Pass. I knew that the by-pass was going to widened as part of the new transport infrastructure for the Preston City Deal, but didn’t realise this would necessitate unearthing half of The Meadows.
The west side has been widened by several metres, which I expected.
Now I’ve come to appreciate the multilayered life of this inspirited place, suddenly I find it cut down (1), then half gone. I can’t help feeling guilty. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a My Neighbourhood Forum meeting where amongst other things, the plans for the by-pass were to be shown. Assuming that this would be the widening by two lanes, I didn’t go. Now I wish I had. Not so much to stop it happening (too late for that, the City Deal was approved months ago) but to gain a clear understanding of the reasoning behind what is going on.
Here are a few pictures of The Meadows prior to their destruction.
(1) A few days ago I wrote a poem about the cutting down of The Meadows. Some pictures of their various butterflies can be found in this post: https://lornasmithers.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/litany-of-the-meadows/