Bretton, Peterborough

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Coordinates: 52°35′59″N 0°16′51″W / 52.5997°N 0.2807°W / 52.5997; -0.2807

Bretton
Bretton is located in Cambridgeshire
Bretton
Bretton
 Bretton shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 12,689 
OS grid reference TF1601
District Peterborough
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Peterborough
Postcode district PE3
Dialling code 01733
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Cambridgeshire

Bretton is a residential area and civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Bretton has been designed as a green environment; the major roads are tree-lined and there are several large parks and playing fields. It consists of two main areas; North Bretton and South Bretton, these are divided by Bretton Centre. Bretton Centre's main building is The Cresset multi-purpose venue, holding a large stage and seating, shops, a church, children's entertainment and places to eat. Bretton centre also has a supermarket and various small shops and restaurants.

History[edit]

Peterborough was designated a New Town in 1967 and Bretton was created as the city's first township; shortly followed by Orton. Bretton's construction began in 1970.

Governance[edit]

Bretton is represented on Peterborough City Council by three councillors for the North Bretton ward and one for the South Bretton ward.[1] Bretton is part of the constituency of Peterborough, represented at the House of Commons by Stewart Jackson.[2]

Demography[edit]

At the time of the 2001 census, Bretton parish had a population of 12,689 people – 6,160 males and 6,529 females living in 5,191 households.[3]

Education[edit]

Bretton has a number of primary schools; at secondary level, Bretton Woods Community School was closed in 2007 and replaced by The Voyager School in Walton. Walton Comprehensive School was also closed at this time.

The primary schools include Sacred Heart Roman Catholic (Voluntary Aided) Primary School, Middleton County Primary School, Eyrescroft County Primary School and Watergall County Primary School.

Industry and commerce[edit]

Budget Insurance (owner of comparethemarket.com), one of Peterborough's biggest employers, is based in Bretton. The Thomas Cook Group head office is at Thorpe Wood.

The new city hospital has been built just outside Bretton, and Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre[4] has been built on the north side of Bretton centre. Bretton is also surrounded by several small industrial estates and car dealerships.

Culture[edit]

Bretton is home to The Cresset, a theatre which also contains other leisure facilities, a library, a church and shops.[5]

Bretton also holds one of the biggest fireworks displays in peterborough,[6] held at the peterborough rugby lions club every year in November.

Sport[edit]

Peterborough Ice Arena, home to the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team, is in Bretton.[7] Bretton is also home to the Peterborough Lions rugby club based on the fields of Bretton Park. These fields are also the home to the area's local football side Bretton North End Fc who have Saturday, Sunday and Youth teams in the Peterborough football leagues.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterborough City Council: Your Councillors by Ward. Retrieved 22 December 2009
  2. ^ Find Your MP. Retrieved 22 December 2009
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics: Bretton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 22 December 2009
  4. ^ NHS Choices - Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre. Retrieved 11 December 2013
  5. ^ The Cresset. Retrieved 20 December 2009
  6. ^ Fireworks Extravaganza. Retrieved 30 september 2012
  7. ^ Planet Ice: Peterborough Arena. Retrieved 20 December 2009

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