Podcasts help bring Wintringham to life

21 February 2020
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Brand new podcasts launched about Wintringham

Urban&Civic is inviting people to discover more about the vibrant new community emerging as part of the eastern expansion of St Neots. Listeners will find out what it will be like to live, learn and work at Wintringham through a series of podcasts featuring insights from the development team, partners and members of the local St Neots community.

Over a series of six podcasts, Wintringham 2020 will update people on the vision, plans and progress of the new development; uncover the secrets of prehistoric residents buried for millennia; reveal what species are going to thrive in new wildlife havens created; and explain how smart planning can create sustainable places that are fit for the future.

Archaeology at Wintringham transports the listener back in time – as far as the Iron Age – to discover how people lived and worked the land over past centuries. This podcast takes a couple of local residents on a prehistoric tour to help them understand how their prehistoric neighbours would have lived, learns about archaeological discoveries in the area from Liz Davies, Curator of St Neots Museum and explores how the rich history will be reflected in the future development – connecting people to the past and the local area around them, as well as highlighting opportunities for local people to get involved in the ongoing archaeology on site.

The next episode – Ecology at Wintringham – takes you on a nature walk through this unique site surrounded by countryside and part of the River Great Ouse Valley. It features work with the Wildlife Trust to ensure a more diverse range of habitats at Wintringham in the future and joins the first pupils of the new Wintringham primary school on a bug hunt to find out more about the important role nature and ecology play in this new development.

Other episodes in the series explore how the development has been designed to support cycling, walking and public transport choices, will work with residents to reduce car use and incorporates future-proofing for new transport technologies. With new business space coming forward, the podcasts also explore what a workplace of the future will look like and explain how working with local businesses as well as emerging and growing industries will ensure the right space for businesses, and sustainable jobs for St Neots, are provided.

The series started with the vision for Wintringham, the range of homes coming forward to meet local need and support the St Neot’s growth plans, and associated facilities and support – such as education, health and community facilities, and green space – that a new community needs to flourish.

Rebecca Britton, Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic said: “Bringing forward a new community is a complicated process with lots of issues to consider and lots of opportunities to explore. Our podcast series aims to capture some of the important work the design team is doing with local partners to ensure that Wintringham becomes an attractive and sustainable development that fits as part of the wider St Neots vision going forward.

“We hope people will enjoy the series and we look forward to hearing feedback and ideas for future podcasts as we continue to bring Wintringham to life.”

Urban&Civic has produced a handy guide to help you get familiar with how to access and listen to podcasts: How to listen to podcasts

You can find out more and download the podcasts as they become available from the Wintringham website – on our podcasts page – or follow @wearewintringham on Instagram and Facebook.

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