Second look at cycle route

CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a cycle link between Backwell and Nailsea, will not be re-submitted, it has been revealed. Cycle charity Sustrans put forward plans last summer to create a link from Backwell to the town over green belt land. But the move cau

CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a cycle link between Backwell and Nailsea, will not be re-submitted, it has been revealed.Cycle charity Sustrans put forward plans last summer to create a link from Backwell to the town over green belt land.But the move caused an outcry from residents and councillors who said a concrete cycleway should not be laid across green fields and a better route needed to be found.Following objections from the local community, Sustrans withdrew the scheme in the autumn and has revealed it will not be re-submitting it.Now North Somerset Council is planning to work with the charity and Nailsea Town Council in a bid to find a better route for the link.Nailsea town councillor Rod Lees said: "I am delighted that commonsense has prevailed."The Sustrans' proposal was ill-thought through and not in the best interests of encouraging cycling in Nailsea."Their approach to consultation was not acceptable, but the extensive discussions with residents, town and district councillors and North Somerset Council officers has shown how proper consultation can work to produce good results."We are very much in favour of a cycle route but it has to be in the right place for the people of Nailsea."We look forward to further discussions on a cycling strategy."Suggestions for an alternative route include using bridleways at Lodge Lane and Golden Valley with the cyclepath running through Scotch Horn Park.It is being mooted that the cycle route will then link to Clevedon across the moors.When complete, the route will run from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare.


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