Safer cycle and walkers route up and running!

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.”

Public consultation about reducing pollution at Air Balloon roundabout

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 aqm@cotswold.gov.uk. More information can be found on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk. The consultation closes on Friday 30 September 2011.