Safe Routes could fund link in Starwberry gap with bike path

PUBLISHED: 04:56 20 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010

A MISSING link in a grand scheme to bring millions of pounds of tourist cash to the Cheddar area could soon be filled. Thousands of tourists are expected to walk and cycle the Strawberry Line if it is extended from Cheddar to Wells. But the current path f

A MISSING link in a grand scheme to bring millions of pounds of tourist cash to the Cheddar area could soon be filled.Thousands of tourists are expected to walk and cycle the Strawberry Line if it is extended from Cheddar to Wells.But the current path from Yatton to Cheddar finishes near Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre and the extension is planned to start on the other side of the busy village centre near the Draycott Park estate.Now the parish council is trying to build its own cycle path through the village so cyclists have a safe passage from one section of the line to the other.It is hoped the new path could also serve to help pupils get to school safer without having to use the main roads of the village which are often clogged with cars and buses at the start and end of the school day.Around £150,000 is available in Somerset County Council's Safe Routes to School fund, which the council hopes it can use.Councillors plan to approach private landowners to see if they would be happy with the proposed route.The council is also considering buying a section of land to create the cycle path.Parish councillor Gill Davies will be giving a presentation on the Cheddar to Wells path and the benefits it will bring to the village at the annual parish meeting in Hannah More Cottage in Lower North Street. The meeting will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

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