The Churn Valley safer cycle and walkers route is making progress to linking with Rendcomb.
Paul (right) with keen cyclist and ex Cirencester College prinicipal Nigel Robbins at the Baunton stage of the path
At present, the route follows the existing bridlepath between Bowling Green Lane and North Cerney via Baunton and Perrott’s Brook.
Now, the group responsible for bringing the path up to the required standard is actively researching how it can carry on from North Cerney to Rendcomb.
Chair of the group Cllr Paul Hodgkinson says its important for the route to carry on as far as possible, “We undertook a survey of Rendcomb students a while back and there was a lot of support for a safer route for mountain bikes and walkers to avoid the A435 which is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.”
“As a group we’ve been talking to landowners and walking the possible routes from North Cerney, using Conigre Woods and possibly the Whiteway before dropping down into Rendcomb. However, it is still early days and we want to make sure everyone is happy with this before communicating to people. Having the consent of landowners is paramount.”
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A welcome funding initiative from Glos County Council has given a Churn Valley project an injection of cash.
Ollie Wakefield (left) with Tom Chisholm and his Mum Jo at this week's Boot Camp
The funding for youth projects has allocated £1100 to each CDC councillor for use in their ward.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has already chosen projects which the funding will go to, “Ollie Wakefield is running a fitness class at the North Cerney Memorial Hall every Monday night from 6-7pm. Lots of adults are going, but Ollie is keen to get those under 16 along too.”
“The good news is that we’ve been able to give Ollie a small amount of cash so that every under 16 year old will go free to the Boot Camp when accompanied by an adult. Now, Ollie’s hoping that young people will take advantage of the deal and get fit at the same time!”
The safer cycle and walkers route between Stratton and North Cerney has been well used over the summer.
Cycling, riding and walking the route - l to r; Lois Eyre and 'Lakin', Cllr Andy Lichnowski, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Jane and Sam Wilkinson
The route, which follows the existing bridleway from Cirencester to the heart of North Cerney village, has been the focus of much activity over the last three years.
New ‘furniture’ along the route (styles and gates) along with scraping of the surface in places has resulted in a much more user-friendly route for all to use.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has led the group which has been working on the route, “It’s great to see that the route is also being used widely by horse riders and many residents locally have now been using it as a more pleasant way of getting from village to village by foot or bike.”
Cotswold District Council is consulting the public on actions that could be taken to improve the air quality at the Air Balloon Roundabout near Birdlip, and is keen to hear the views of residents, Parish Councils and other organisations about reducing pollution at the site.
Tests have shown that levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) at the busy junction exceed recommended thresholds. This prompted the Council to designate the site an Air Quality Management Area in 2008 with the aim of reducing the effect of this pollutant.
The Council is required to develop and publish an Action Plan setting out the measures that could be taken to reduce levels of NO2 at the roundabout and it is now consulting the public about the Plan over a two-month period.
Although the Council is responsible for the Action Plan, it doesn’t manage the highway network. This means that any reduction in pollution can only be achieved by other agencies including Gloucestershire County Council as the Highways Authority, the Highways Agency and Road Management Services (Gloucestershire) Ltd. Councillor Paul Hodgkinson welcomed the new Action Plan, “Residents living near the junction are concerned about the effects of pollution, and this acknowledges that actions are required to improve the situation.” Anyone interested in finding out more about this consultation can contact the Council’s Environmental Protection Team on 01285 623000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk. The consultation closes on Friday 30 September 2011.